Should I Use A Pop Up Window?



According to usability expert Jakob Nielson, 95% of website visitors absolutely hate with a passion unexpected or unwanted pop-up windows, especially those that contain unsolicitaed advertising. Infact, it is the Number 1 Most Hated Advertising Technique! It’s pretty inconvenient then to find that pop-ups can increase subscription conversions on a blog like this one, by […]

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What’s The Best Font & Font Size To Use In Website Design?



*Updated – 5 April 2012 There is no ‘best font size’. Just don’t ‘fix’ your font size absolutely. You may be aware that the same font, at the same point size on a Macintosh “looks smaller” than on most Windows machines. In a nutshell, this is because the “logical resolution” of a Macintosh is 72dpi, […]

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We Separate Content From Design Using CSS



How do you separate content from design? Basically, if you’re using CSS properly with your HTML document, you’re already doing it! A key step towards accessibility is the separation of content (usually words) from its presentation (colour, typeface, size, layout etc). Effective use of cascading style sheets (CSS) goes a long way toward this goal. […]

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Text Only Websites Suck



No text only websites! ‘The RNIB encourages the design of websites that practice ‘universal design’ or ‘design for all’. That is, a single version of the website which is accessible to everyone, no matter how they access the Web. This is made possible by the extensive accessibility features designed into HTML 4. The W3C recommend […]

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Website Frames – Don’t Use Frames To Design / Build Your Site



Unless you REALLY know what you are doing and why you are doing it…. Don’t Use Frames To Design Your Website. If possible, avoid using frames. Some people have difficulty navigating within frames, either because the frames are confusing or because the software they are using simply cannot read frames. When using frames, always offer […]

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Don’t Build Your Site With Flash



Unless you know what you are doing…. Don’t Build Your Site With Flash. Well not entirely in Flash, and especially not if you know very little about the ever improving accessibility of Flash. Flash is a propriety plug in created by Macromedia to infuse (albeit) fantastically rich media for your websites. The W3C advises you […]

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UK Government Access Keys Standard For Websites



The access key attribute, introduced in HTML4.0, is intended to provide keyboard shortcuts in that they provide an alternative form of navigation. This addition allows users with limited physical capabilities to navigate the organisation’s website more easily. There are some drawbacks with website access keys, for example: functionality depends on the type of operating system […]

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Best Screen Resolution to Design Websites



Top Screen Resolutions Worldwide [We keep the following charts up-to-date every month with the latest stats  (last 3 or 4 months) available for 2013-2014 on the most popular screen resolutions in use in 2013-2014.] Top Screen Resolutions in the US (2013-2014) Top Screen Resolutions in the UK (2013-2014) Last Years Global Trend (2013-2014) Last Years Trend […]

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Design Websites For Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf & Disabled Visitors



Some notes I collected on ‘Inclusive Design’ I’m interested in creating websites that the vast majority of people can access, regardless of challenges. It’s not always easy – my own site at the moment falls way too short for me. —————————— People with visual disabilities are individuals who are blind, have low vision, or have […]

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Is Your Website Legal? Does It Comply With UK Laws on Disability?



Have you ever asked yourself the question: “Is my website design legal under current UK Law? You might not know this, but it HAS to be. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 – The DDA and the secondary legislation applied within Northern Ireland have placed a legal duty on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to […]

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