Usability on the Internet. Watch

Martyn*
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I'm very intersted in web design. Just wanted to know what you all thought about website usabiity.

Most websites I have come across have been clutered and some of them make it almost impossible to read. Of course, people prefer scanable material rather than having to sit at a computer and read long scrolling pages of text.

And of course, people do have their preferences.

I prefer a simple, clean and easy to read site. I like this one:

http://www.useit.com/

It may not look fantastic but is accessible and I found it easy to read and informative.

Now because I am a researcher of such studies like religion, archaeology and Egyptology I tend to view many websites and try to obtain information from them. Most of them are just impossible to read:

http://www.yahweh.com/The-Name-Of-Yahweh.html

http://www.egyptcx.netfirms.com/soul_amenta_no1.htm

Great information, plenty of it, but it's just not accessible.

What do you think? What do you prefer? Give some examples if you wish.
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INTit
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I prefer a simple, clean and easy to read site. I like this one:
http://www.useit.com/
Haha I'd be worried if you didn't find Jako Nielsons website easy to use !

Web designers should be more aware of usability. The websites you linked to I agree are rubbish. Huge amounts of text on one page,no real page navigation,fixed dimensions instead of relative ones, no alt tags on images which could get them in trouble with disability laws.

A web designer should know about usability simple things like:
Grouping similar information.
Minimizing scrolling
Consistency in design
High contrast colour scheme.
A navigation menu.

thats all you need really and it really does make a world of difference.
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(Original post by INTit)
Haha I'd be worried if you didn't find Jako Nielsons website easy to use !

Web designers should be more aware of usability. The websites you linked to I agree are rubbish. Huge amounts of text on one page,no real page navigation,fixed dimensions instead of relative ones, no alt tags on images which could get them in trouble with disability laws.

A web designer should know about usability simple things like:
Grouping similar information.
Minimizing scrolling
Consistency in design
High contrast colour scheme.
A navigation menu.

thats all you need really and it really does make a world of difference.
Thanks.
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For a guy who is supposed to be an expert on usability, his website is pretty poor.
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For a guy who is supposed to be an expert on usability, his website is pretty poor.
But it's [i]usable[i].

I'm not really a fan of Jakob Nielsen's stuff though. Whilst his approach to web design is usable, it neglects plenty of other paradigms of design that also lead to usable websites.
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