Monthly Archives: November 2008

Good Website Navigation Design

07 November 2008, by A. Cedilla

While you should design your website to be pleasing to the eye, stunning graphics and fancy little details will not make up for the lack of a good navigation system. No matter how great your website looks, it’d be useless if your visitors can’t find their way around it.

Traditionally the navigation menu is placed just below the header area or on the left hand side of the web page. Usability studies have shown that web site visitors instinctively look in these areas first.
Wherever you decide to place your navigation menu, remember that consistency is important. You have to place your navigation menu in the same spot on every one of your web pages.
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Top 20 Tips For Website Accessibility 2

02 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 2 of 2

Part 1 covered the first half of 20 guidelines you can follow to ensure you have a universally reader-friendly, accessible website. Here’s the second half:

11. If you use frames, have you titled each frame to make it easier for users to navigate your site and identify the frames?

12. When using applets and scripts, have you made sure that the pages are usable when all programmatic objects are not supported, or turned off? (If that isn’t possible, have you provided the information on an alternative accessible page?)

13. When using multimedia, have you provided an auditory description of the most important visual information on a multimedia presentation?

14. When using any time-based multimedia presentation (such as a movie or animation), have you synchronized the equivalent alternatives such as captions or auditory descriptions of the visual track to the presentation?
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