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  • Subinkrishna Gopi 6:11 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , readability, , , usability,   

    Today’s read: 16 Pixels For Body Copy. Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake. 

    Smashin Magazine

    16 Pixels For Body Copy. Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake

    A very good article on why we should keep bigger (and better) font sizes. I totally agree with the author. I hate the small font size Facebook uses. That gives me a bad head ache and I always use the browser zoom for better readability.

    I know what you’re thinking. “Did he just say 16 pixels? For body copy? Obnoxiously big! 12 pixels is ideal for most websites.”

    I’d like to persuade you otherwise.

    Have a nice read.

  • Subinkrishna Gopi 1:39 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , usability, usabilitypost.com,   

    Today’s read 2: Characteristics of a successful UI 


    This is from usabilitypost.com. It’s really a nice read.

    Read it here.

    There is a lot of information out there about various interface design techniques and patterns you can use when crafting your user interfaces and websites, solutions to common problems and general usability recommendations. Following guidelines from experts will likely lead you towards creating a good user interface — but what exactly is a good interface? What are the characteristics of an effective user interface?

    Here are 8 things I consider a good user interface needs to be:

    1. Clear
    2. Concise
    3. Familiar
    4. Responsive
    5. Consistent
    6. Attractive
    7. Efficient
    8. Forgiving
  • Subinkrishna Gopi 11:10 am on April 8, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , usability,   

    Today’s Read: 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website 

    Smashing Magazine

    15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website” – is a very good article. I recommend it to all web designers/developers.

    Your website is designed, the CMS works, content has been added and the client is happy. It’s time to take the website live. Or is it? When launching a website, you can often forget a number of things in your eagerness to make it live, so it’s useful to have a checklist to look through as you make your final touches and before you announce your website to the world.

    This article reviews some important and necessary checks that web-sites should be checked against before the official launch — little details are often forgotten or ignored, but – if done in time – may sum up to an overall greater user experience and avoid unnecessary costs after the official site release.

    Read it here: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/07/15-essential-checks-before-launching-your-website/

  • Subinkrishna Gopi 10:27 am on February 19, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , usability,   

    Today’s read: Web usabilty 

    Smashing Magazine

    I have always been a big fan of web design & web usability. I found a nice article in Smashing Magazine by Dmitry Fadeyev. Its all about some common usability mistake we do.

    By now, all good designers and developers realize the importance of usability for their work. Usable websites offer great user experiences, and great user experiences lead to happy customers. Delight and satisfy your visitors, rather than frustrate and annoy them, with smart design decisions. Here are 9 usability problems that websites commonly face, and some recommended solutions for each of them.

    Read the article (9 Common Usability Mistakes)

    Related links on usability
    10 Usability Nightmaters That You Should Avoid
    30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of
    12 Useful Techniques For Good Interface Design

    About the author

    usabilitypost_smallDmitry Fadeyev is the founder of the Usability Post blog, where you can read his thoughts on good design and usability.

    Follow Dmitry on Twitter @usabilitypost.

    Have a nice read.

  • Subinkrishna Gopi 3:28 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , , usability,   

    Tip: How to handle broken images in HTML 

    I found this small but very good article in phpied.com by Stoyan StefanovTwitter page. The article tells about handling broken images in a web page, especially when we dont have control over what we load in our page.

    I know, you don’t have broken images on your site, it’s unprofessional and ugly. But sometimes you may be loading images that you don’t control and you never know what’s going on on the other server you’re expecting to serve, but it may not feel up to the task.

    One nice and simple strategy to deal with this uncertainty is to hide the images that fail to load. Browsers sent an “error” event when the worst happens and an image fails for whatever reason. Subscribe to this event using your favorite event-listener-attaching approach or library and hide the image.

    The solution is very simple.

    <img src="broken.png"

    Read the article here

    • ganu 7:29 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink

      wow, nice post, I was looking for this.

      one more thing, how you have enabled this syntax highlighting in your blog. ??
      I in ???.wordpress.com sites this syntax highlight is not possible, or this is teme specific.

    • Subinkrishna G 9:21 am on February 17, 2009 Permalink

      Hey Ankur! Good to hear from you man. WordPress won’t allow us to put Javascript, but they have something called “short codes”, using which we can do lot of things. Check this post: https://javabeanz.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/a-small-wordpress-stuff-shortcode/

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