Web Usability Guide

This guide suggests strategies to improve the overall usability of websites. Many of the guidelines are derived from case studies where users were presented with alternative designs for websites in order to gather information on what features confuse users, affect their ability to find key materials, or fail to meet their expectations. The guide was created for the NEES program and references to a specific page refer to NEES at Oregon State University.

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The guide is organized into three sections:

Because usability tests continue to reveal new information about how users approach Web materials, this guide should be considered a work-in-progress which will be added to over time.

Questions, comments, and suggestions for improvement are welcome, nacse-questions@nacse.org

For additional reading, we recommend the following books and websites.