Web Usability

This week I learned about web usability in class. The concept of web usability is the ease of the use of the world wide web. Information should be shared in a clear and concise way in the simplest form. Placement of information is important. Any links should be leading to appropriate information regarding that link title. Another key method of web usability is to ensure that the content can be displayed on various devices and browsers.

I also learned about a web usability consultant by the name of Jakob Nielsen. He is Danish and has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction. His usability goals consist of five quality components, these are:

  • Learnability
  • Efficiency
  • Memorability
  • Satisfaction
  • Errors

Drafting up a website before publishing is good practice as you can tweak words and/or images with fresh eyes after returning to it. The most important thing is to get your relevant information across simply by focusing on the essential message and starting with the context.

This information I learned is beneficial for the website I am building that will give information on media ethics. It is not until you break down the different methods of having a good website, that you understand that it is a lengthy process.


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