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Topics in Usability

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Topics in Usability

These pages are collections of resources on specific topics of interest to usability practitioners, including books, websites, articles, tools, and organizations.

Go to top of pageUsability Labs and Participant Recruiting Services

Go to top of pageUser Analysis and Usability Evaluation Methods

Go to top of pageConducting and Reporting Usability Activities

Go to top of pageAccessibility, Ergonomics and Special Audiences

  • Accessibility
    Designing and testing the accessibility of interfaces and websites. (Updated: 10 Sept 07)
  • Color Blindness
    Information about color blindness and other color discrimination issues (Updated: 20 Dec 05)
  • Ergonomics
    Ergonomics, human factors and anthropometrics (Updated: 20 July 05)
  • Working with the Old and Young
    Design and evaluation guidelines for older adults, kids and babies (Updated: 23 May 05)

Go to top of pageDesign Topics

  • Documentation and Help Usability
    Articles and checklists for print and online documentation (Updated: 10 July 05)
  • Educational Software
    Designing and evaluating educational software or online training
  • Forms Design
    Creating usable forms for web sites, applications or on paper (Updated: 27 Dec 05)
  • Games
    Design, usability and documentation of games (Updated: 20 Dec 05)
  • Interface Design
    Design tips, techniques and checklists (Updated: 26 Jan 02)
  • Intranets
    Design and usability issues in intranets (Updated: 26 Jan 02)
  • Internationalization
    Global interfaces, localization and translation (Updated: 22 Dec 02)
  • Patterns
    User interface design patterns and pattern languages (Updated: 17 Dec 06)
  • Prototyping
    Using prototyping for usability and interface design (Updated: 31 Dec 05)
  • Readability Research
    Studies of reading habits, readability of different designs (Updated: 14 July 06)

Go to top of pageStandards and Guidelines

  • Standards & Guidelines
    User interface and usability standards documents and style guides. (Updated:3 Jan 06)
  • Handheld Devices
    PDA, Palm and other small-screen interfaces (Updated: 31 Dec 05)
  • Java
    Design standards and usabilty considerations for designing Java applications
  • Kiosks, Touchscreens and Special Displays
    Designing for special devices, including touchscreens and WebTV (Updated: 12/27/2005 )
  • Speech User Interfaces
    Designing for speech recognition, IVR (interactive voice response) systems (Updated: 31 Dec 05)
  • Wireless Devices
    Designing for WAP, WML and other wireless technologies (Updated 25 May 02)

Go to top of pageCareer and Training Information

  • Salary & Career Information
    Salary surveys and jobs listings. Information on certification. (Updated: 10 July 05)
  • Working in Usability
    Job descriptions, roles, positioning usability and UCD in the enterprise and other practical issue (Updated; 10 July 05)
  • Academic Programs
    Formal usability education training, both degree and non-degree programs (Updated: 28 Oct 2007)
  • Professional Ethics
    Ethical codes of conduct and other articles on ethics in usability. (Updated 6/13/2004)
  • Medical Ethics
    Ethical guidelines and codes of practice for medical sites. (Updated 13 June 2004)
  • Trust and Persuasion
    General material on trust in web, e-commerce and other contexts. (Updated 3 Jan 2006)


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