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Two simple rules for hyperlinks
Sunday, December 19, 2004
All research on usability confirms the following two simple rules. But interestingly, of the home pages of the 10 largest corporations in British Columbia, not one complies. Here they are:
The only exception to these two rules is links that will be clicked many times--site-wide navigation links on large sites, or perhaps Back and Next buttons. But for every other situation, make the world easier to navigate by following these two rules.
User testing intranets with paper prototypes
Monday, December 06, 2004
The first time I saw paper prototyping, I was sold. Using simple freehand sketches, the application development firm brought clarity to a complex inventory system. The prototypes revealed the need for new features we hadn't even considered. And it gave us confidence that the end product would be user friendly before a single line of code was written.
How is paper prototyping done?
Paper prototyping helps you discover how users will see your intranet's interface. It can also help you generate system requirements. It's fast and it's cheap. Try it for designing your next new intranet application.
About the Author
I'm Chris McGrath, an intranet consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I've been working on intranets since 1997, and on plain ol' web sites for even longer. I run One Intranets, the firm that co-created ThoughtFarmer -- an enterprise collaboration platform for Windows-based intranets.
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