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The World Wide Web is thriving and e-commerce is all set to boom. Shopping online has become the norm and all over the world consumers are preferring to shop online as it has many advantages. There are many aspects that control e-commerce success and one crucial factor is the shopping cart. An online shopper must take the cart forward and complete his purchase. Sadly shopping cart abandonment is a common problem, which all concerned are trying to minimize.


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Content is King! If you want a website to generate back-links and have quality content the search engines love, be sure to make it readable by both people and search engines.


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I have written this document to help reduce the amount of issues we have recently come across. It is important to address issues like load time, cross browser compatibility, and other technical design issues.


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Do you think the pixel is the only unit of measurement for building graphical displays? Come on, you can measure better than that! This month, the Cranky user offers tips for user-friendly HTML layout and interface design, and explains why pixels aren't always the best unit for the job.


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When people design Web forms, they often overlook some great sources of professional expertise in the world -- the existence of form design techniques with which nearly all users are familiar. This month, the cranky user looks at form design and management.


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Mixed signals have become a fixture on the user landscape that most of you just ignore. Whether you're pressing Start to shut down a computer operating system or marveling at privacy-policy doublespeak, you've become so inured that you barely notice how exhausting and irritating it all is. Not so for the cranky user. This month's column reveals both the madness and the method behind the seemingly random insanity that most computer users are soaking in.


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Recently, a router vendor configured its product to occasionally redirect HTTP requests to a product ad Web site and defended the action as an "ease-of-use" feature. In this installment, cranky Peter Seebach discusses why this type of design is wrong and the technical (and ethical) problems it can cause.


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It has been said that too much power can be dangerous. That saying is befitting when it comes to enhancing or creating Web widgets with client-side scripts. Web widgets, as you might recall from Part 1, are controls used in Web forms, dialogs, and wizards to elicit information from users. While scripts allow developers to create an infinite variety of Web widgets and behaviors, straying too far from users' expectations can lead to usability problems. Jodi Bollaert describes some common usability problems associated with client-side scripts and Web widgets, and suggest ways to avoid them.


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This article is the first in a two-part series about Web widgets -- controls that can be incorporated in Web forms, dialogs, and wizards to elicit information from users. Here in Part 1, Jodi Bollaert defines several basic HTML Web widgets, shows graphic examples, and discusses common usability problems and solutions. Next month, Jodi will cover more sophisticated Web widgets that can be developed with scripts.


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Many of you might find it odd that a search engine optimized site is actually very accessible to people with disabilities. In this article we will cover how Web accessibility is similar to Search Engine Optimization along with the 5 basic or minimum things you need to do to make your site accessible.


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