I’m working on a web-based administrative application where you can install remote applications. The goal is to have a platform that provides a consistent UI, somewhat like SharePoint. But less assy in general and more flexible than what most portlet servers allow. Thinking about the way that applications work on Facebook is a good way to think about it.
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Interesting ICANN announcement that anyone will be able to create their own custom top level domains (TLDs). So I would be able to buy a domain name like www.webdeveloper.chrispeters.
As a web developer, some design decisions are in your hands. The UI team (if you have one) isn’t going to decide on what every single screen should look like.
SEO is indeed related to other user experience disciplines: usability, accessibility, and search usability. In my final part of this series, I would like to talk about how it gives a helping hand to Information Architecture (IA). Strap in for one last look at a more altruistic view of SEO. You may not see anything positive about SEO again for a while!
Let’s talk about how SEO helps out with the usability of your web site. If you’re doing Search Marketing the Right Way™, you’re purposefully improving the user experience on your web site.
Good search marketers are starting to make a positive impact on web accessibility. Many search marketers say that Google is the ultimate blind user anyway. Most everywhere, web accessibility still remains low on the totem pole of priorities. Let’s dive deep into the realms of user experience and talk about how good SEO can improve web accessibility.
Like it or not, a lot of your sites’ visitors wish that you would increase the default font size on your site. Finally, technology is starting to facilitate this, but why is no one willing to change along with it?
You hear marketers yammer on about branding. A lot of it has validity, so you want to help out in your web marketing initiatives. So why would you want your company’s 2-word name to be split onto 2 separate lines? Let me show you why this is bad in your web marketing and how to avoid this mistake by using HTML non-breaking spaces.
Probably the biggest annoyance in developing government web sites has been the overuse of the PDF format. But the problem extends beyond government sites. On the web are hordes of PDFs. I’ve been taught over the years that PDF is not optimal for delivering content over the Web, but I’ve recently discovered more information that backs this notion.
I love Don Norman’s The Invisible Computer. It is packed with so many great ideas and observations that I cannot share them all with you without writing a book myself. So here are the basic points of the book.