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    Hat Heads vs. Bed Heads

    by Keith LaFerriere Editor’s Note: This article originally ran on A List Apart, Issue 246. We hope you enjoy the article and invite you to submit content ideas and articles by sending an e-mail to uxp [at] visualactivity [com]. Polos versus Doc Martens. Peet’s versus Starbucks. Hat Heads versus Bed Heads. Every project and every office has multiple personality types. How you work with them and how you manage the rationale of decisions and feedback is crucial to your success. By applying the right relationship management techniques, you can calm tension, communicate more easily, run your projects more efficiently—and you might get additional work since the relationship with the client will be strong from beginning to end. Hat Heads and Bed Heads It’s important to…

    Accessible Interface Design, Part 1

    by Mark McKay Accessible Does Not Mean Boring It is amazing to me how many people think that accessible design means boring, dull interface design.  Nowhere in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) guidelines from the W3C do they say please make your sites ugly and boring.  They just say make them accessible.  But most designers and developers take the easy way out and dumb everything down to a point where their applications are hard to use by everyone. As an Interaction Designer (ID) it is interesting to think about how the interaction for your application would work if you could only hear it.  Or had limited mobility and had a hard time clicking small icons. It is possible to make an interface which is…

    On Web Accessibility

    by Beth Weise Moeller At one point in our pre-child lives, my husband and I had very similar cars.  He drove a maroon Acura Integra with a sunroof and all sorts of toys.  Being in grad school, I had a more stripped-down model that was screaming, comes-with-3-free-speeding-tickets, red.  The first time my brother saw my car, it was parked next to my husband’s car.  He couldn’t tell them apart-until my husband pointed out the lack of a sunroof, and so on…  My brother has a type of color deficiency that prevents him from seeing differing shades of similar colors. Why am I telling you this and what does it have to do with web accessibility?  Because websites that vary only the shade of text to…

    The Importance of Strong Usability within Web Content Managed Systems

    by Tonia M. Bartz The term Web 2.0 was first coined by O’Reilly and Associates, a publisher of books on software development and web development, in early 2004, and is based on software release nomenclature. Web 2.0 describes the current trend towards enhancing collaboration and information sharing and utilizing these tools to aid functionality. Within the realm of Web 2.0, anyone is a content author; sites such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and Flickr allow users to create their own media and content as well as decide what metadata or “tags” the content should have. Prior to the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, content creation for CMS-driven websites was typically managed by a few organizational users. The idea was that power in the hands of the few…