Internet Accessibility / Usability Resources A-E

Last updated: May 26, 2016

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Toward Web development education

Last updated: March 5, 2015

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Whatever your speciality in technical communication, Web development education can affect you in some way. The authoring tools you use will change. New areas like mobile technology will provide new career opportunities as services and products move from your desktop to your browser to your mobile phone to … who knows where?

There is a corner of W3C that is dedicated to maintaining some method to this madness. It's the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group (OWEA XG) wiki. The OWEA has a charter, which states (in part)

The mission of the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to help enhance and standardize the architecture of the World Wide Web by facilitating the highest quality standards and best practice based education for future generations of Web professionals through such activities as fostering open communication channels for knowledge transfer and curriculum sharing between corporate entities, educational institutions, Web professionals, and students.

Doesn't "open communication channels for knowledge transfer" just melt your technical communicator heart?

Whatever your interest in this endeavor, the list of current curricula for open Web education is a great place for you to start. Send your peers and especially your developer colleagues to that list of curricula.

By the way, those curricula also provide great opportunities for involvement, if you feel so inclined. WaSP Interact, born at SXSW Interactive in April 2009, is one very exciting place to consider joining. This "living, open curriculum based upon web standards and best practices, designed to teach students the skills of the web professional" is a good place to start sharing your own knowledge – or building your skills.

You can bookmark these links for future reference, but you can also follow WaSP Interact on Twitter for the latest news on this topic.

Hot off the press (or Twitter, to be precise): Read Sitepoint's recent interview with Chris David Mills on the topic of Web education and curricula. It's also a nice introduction to Web development education.

Usability, User Interface, and Human Factors

Last updated: May 30, 2016

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  • 6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users Web accessibility doesn’t only extend to color blind users, but dyslexic users too. For example, justified text and double spaces after a period create rivers of space down the length of a page.
  • Body of Knowledge Glossary of Terms provided by The Usability Body of Knowledge© User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA). The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) has initiated a long-term project to collate a comprehensive Body of Knowledge (BoK) for the usability profession, which will provide an authoritative source of reference and define the scope of the profession.
  • Glossary of terms provided by Usability First [UK]
  • HCI Bibliography: Human-Computer Interaction Resources Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them.
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Bibliography: HCI Webliography Links: Accessibility Resources
  • Laboratory of Brain-Computer Interfaces an internationally renowned research institution with a research focus on brain-computer communication and dynamics of brain oscillations. We have extensive expertise in EEG recording, offline and online signal processing of brain signals and other biosignals, feature extraction, machine learning methods applied to brain patterns, and neurofeedback systems. [Austria]
  • Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g), Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting
  • Online FAA Human Factors Training Anyone may go through the training. Only FAA employees get to take the final exam for a certificate of completion.
  • How Blind People "See" the Internet
  • Scientific Worksplace of the Future (SWOF) Bright, flexible research environments will characterize The Francis Crick Institute in London.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Tutorial from the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities, University of Northern Colorado.
  • the National Center on Universal Design for Learning information for advocacy, implementation, and community.
  • NCLID Research Brief
    Perspectives of Effective Teachers of Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
    from the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities (NCLID), University of Colorado.
  • TRACE Center at the University of Wisconsin. The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
  • Universal 101: Introduction to Usability by Jakob Nielsen on January 4, 2012
  • Universal Design Education The site is designed for use by faculty members, students (of any age and stage), and user/experts. The site supports professional design education as well as professional development/continuing education and kindergarten through grade 12 education (this is the U.S. designation – we welcome design-related materials for younger students from everywhere in the world).
  • Universal Design / Disability Access – for Advanced Computational Infrastructure is a program at the Trace Research & Development Center that is part of the National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Alliance is involved in the development of supercomputing systems and applications (including future Internet applications) and it is Trace's role to help ensure that they are built in a manner that makes them more accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Universal Usability Guide by Susan Horten, 2005. The Universal Usability site houses an unabridged, online version of Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers, by Sarah Horton, published in 2005 by New Riders Press. You’ll find the complete text and illustrations from the printed book here under Access by Design Online.
  • Usability.gov Usability.gov is the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors. The site provides overviews of the user-centered design process and various UX disciplines. It also covers the related information on methodology and tools for making digital content more usable and useful.
    • Accessibility Resources a searchable database. The database allows you to access the guidelines associated with your area of interest and allows us to update the guidelines more easily and frequently. At present, the database houses the current guidelines published in 2006. Moving forward, we will update the database to cover current trends and topics in digital communications
  • Usability & User Experience SIG articles on "Accessibility, Ergonomics, and Special Audiences" at http://www.uuxsig.org/topics/ [Website is not reachable as of 22 April 2016.]
  • Usable Web provided links to web usability history [Started redesign in 2012. Website is not currently active as of 12May2016.]
  • Seniors as Web Users from the Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) by JAKOB NIELSEN on May 28, 2013.
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies publishes original research over the whole spectrum of work relevant to the theory and practice of innovative interactive systems.