Using Web widgets wisely, Part 1
- Saga Services Ltd at http://www.saga.co.uk is a U.K.-based Web information services company for people age 50 and over.
- Peter Picone, an independent usability expert, always has something useful to offer, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the World Wide Web Consortium at http://www.w3.org to read the HTML 4.01 Specification, section 17, about forms, text fields, buttons, and more.
- Read GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers by Jeff Johnson, 2000, Academic Press.
- Check out Fast Consulting at http://www.fast-consulting.com for their online GUI handbook. Their new Web Application Design Handbook is expected sometime this year.
- Read Sarah Miller and Carolyn Jarrett's paper, Should I Use a Dropdown? Four Steps to Choosing Form Elements on the Web, 2001, at http://www.formsthatwork.com.
- Visit http://www.useit.com for Jakob Nielsen's two Alertbox columns on Guerilla Usability Testing and Reset and Cancel Buttons.
- Check out these sources to learn more about industry standards for interface design:
- IBM's Ease of Use site offers new innovations, user-centered design, guidelines, stories, technologies, and other resources to help improve the total user experience for your products and services.
- Take a look at Java Look and Feel Guidelines at http://java.sun.com/products/jlf/ed2/guidelines.html.
- See the Microsoft Official Guidelines for User Interface Developers and Designers at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwue/html/part1.asp.
- Read Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines and recent supplements at http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/mac/HIGuidelines/HIGuidelines-2.html
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