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Free beer for usability

Interesting idea: Café testing The basic idea behind café testing is to situate yourself at a café, put up a sign to attract participants, and test the people that come to you. Because cafes appeal to a wide variety of individuals, and people at a café often have time to spare, café testing can be […]

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Bad service in the US too

John Dowdell has experienced the spreading bad service of a big shop when doing his Mac shopping at CompUSA. He writes that he so far has visited the store twice – in total spending 1 hour and 15 minutes to get the wrong RAM for his iBook. These kind of shopping experiences are becoming all […]

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Why to not _blank

Mark Pilgrim continues on his 30 days to a more accessible weblog, today he explains why the _blank tag is evil. In all dominant browsers, using the <a target=”_blank”> tag to force a link to open in a new window breaks the Back button. The new window does not retain the browser history of the […]

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Usability in focus at Macromedia.com

Its the week of User-centered design at the Des/Dev center over at Macromedia.com: Flash 99% Good – Written by Kevin Airgid and Stephanie Reindel. This is chapter 8 of the Flash99% Good book that has been made available both as HTML and PDF download at Macromedia.com. Chapter 8, “The Future of Flash,” covers Flash as […]

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