Friday, 29 August 2008

BBC Sports: An Experience

This has been contributed by Rajeev Chandrasekar, an employee of MindTree.

My favorite section of a web site would surely be http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/

I am a sports freak and also an editor!
BBC's sports website is the best of its kind for its simplicity, accuracy of data and coverage of information world wide. We do have SkySports and EspnStar but BBC is way ahead in terms of the news structure as well as the design. If you look at their website, they have a very user-friendly interface. Everything on the web site is easily accessible. More importantly, they are the first to post any news update around the world, indicating that their coverage is phenomenal no matter where the location.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Learning about Information Architecture

One of the most asked questions in discussion groups is about good references/ study material on Information Architecture, Usability etc. Here is a living list of such references:

Information Architecture:
  1. IA Institute: http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/
  2. Boxes and Arrows: http://www.boxesandarrows.com/ - they also have a newsletter which you can subscribe to.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Accessibility Testing: Underutilized Today

Making sure that your website or application is accessible to all types of users (like the vision, hearing, cognitive, literacy, and the physically impaired) makes room for argument as this maybe the most underutilized methodology that exists today in user experience.

The Human Judgment
Most of accessibility testing involves our human judgment of how we would like to test the website or the application. This judgment comes from our testing and analysis adopted.

We need to strive forward and now make room for people who deserve to use software.

Move it!
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) allows you to follow some guidelines that will help you in every step of your testing process. And if you do have the budget, invest in a tools called AccVerify, Bobby, or InFocus that will help you achieve this.

Looking for something free to begin with? Your best option is A Prompt.