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ALL-CAPS: Harder to Read?

Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. wanted to write an article about why it’s harder to read text set in all-caps than text set as mixed case. The argument for this has centered around how people read words — recognizing a word shape from its letters, whereas an all-caps word has no unique…


Tags: accessibility, design, fonts, typefaces, usability, UX, WCAG

New Tool for Determining Browser Viewport Size

Nine years ago I had become fed up with trying to explain to clients, users, friends, co-workers, and strangers that screen resolution, browser chrome, and browser size combine to create some unique viewport sizes. What this meant was that whether a user had a display at 640×480 or at 1,024×768…


Tags: browser, Google, usability, UX

10 (Obvious) Usability Crimes

Having stumbled across the article “10 Usability Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit, I can see that the suggestions are pretty obvious, and the number 10 is probably more arbitrary than based on some natural break in severity. However, there are some things in the article I have been repeating for…


Tags: accessibility, usability, UX

24 Ways Is Back Over 24 Days

If you were paying attention any of the last few years, you may have noticed that the 24 Ways web site is set up to run as an annual advent calendar for web geeks. Each day the site posts a new article dealing with some aspect of the web, ideally…


Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, standards, usability, UX, W3C

4 Principles of Mobile UX Design

Boxes and Arrows has an article titled “Four Key Principles of Mobile User Experience Design” written by a former academic mobile UX (User eXperience) researcher. As the author transitioned to private sector he felt that when mobile UX was discussed it was too driven by the gee-whiz factors and not…


Tags: accessibility, mobile, usability, UX

Screen Reader User Survey Results

This article was originally posted on, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted the right to use this article on their web site, and they are the only entity with the right to reproduce it. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the…


Tags: accessibility, browser, html, standards, usability, UX, W3C, WAI, WCAG, xhtml

Usability Testing vs. Expert Reviews

An article at UX Matters titled “Usability Testing Versus Expert Reviews” takes a reader question and tosses it to a series of experts to answer:Under what circumstances is it more appropriate to do usability testing versus an expert review? What are the benefits and weaknesses of each method that make…


Tags: usability, UX

“Myth of Usability Testing” at ALA

There is a very good article over at A List Apart today titled “The Myth of Usability Testing.” The article starts off with an example of how multiple usability evaluation teams, given the same task and allowed to run at it as they saw fit, had far less overlap in…


Tags: design, usability, UX

Developer Discusses Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Sabrina Dent, a web designer hailing from Ireland, has blogged about her struggle with dyslexia and dyscalculia and web applications today in the post, “Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Design“. For some context, she links to the Wikipedia article on dyscalculia and highlights the bits that apply to her:An inability to read…


Tags: accessibility, design, usability, UX

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