I've been building a lot of web sites lately and as I'm moving more towards mobile development, I'm beginning to question the lines of where desktop stops and the web/mobile starts.
I recently had someone talk to me about implementing a Drop Down List/Combo Box that had a total of 45,000 items listed and they just needed to pick one item from the list. And that was a web page, not fat client.
Hmmm...This may need some re-thinking on the designers part.
Ref: Slashdot - Based on a recent retail research report, if your web site doesn't load in 4 seconds or less, your visitors will leave before they even get to the site.
For most techno-geeks, 4 seconds isn't long, but everyone wants fast-loading web pages regardless of what is on your site.
Keep in mind that the survey is focused towards 1,058 retail online shoppers, not bloggers or personal pages.
NotUsable.com provides an extensive list of usability questions you need to ask yourself about your site.
The ultimate web design usability checklist is sectioned into the following categories:
The post provides a great list of questions to run through, even when everyone says the site is done.
Angela Colter from the University of Baltimore did a study on exploring user mental models of breadcrumbs in web navigation and posted the results on her site.
She also defined three types of breadcrumbs:
These are the concepts that most developers don't even think about when developing web sites. A user at any time can lose track of where they're going or where they've been.
UsabilityViews.com supplies over 11,000 articles on how to conduct usability studies, how to architect sites based on usability, and much more.
I consider it an exceptional site for usability research.
Joel On Software talks about usability issues including...
Windows vs. Mac!
Just glancing at the site, it looks like it may take me a while to take everything in. Wow!