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Usability and Human-Computer Interaction Resources on the Web

last modified 2007-03-08

A collection of links to various resources on usability and human-computer interaction.

Contents:
Collections of Usability Resources
Accessibility
Usability Evaluation and Testing Methods
Professional Associations
Libraries and Usability
Digital Library Projects
Digital Library Publications
HCI/Usability Labs and Research Groups


Collections of Usability Resources

Accessibility

General Resources

Guidelines

Evaluation Tools

  • WebXACT - A tool for identifying web page accessibility problems (replacement for the Bobby Online Service)
  • Web Developer Extension - This extension for Firefox and Mozilla offers a toolbar with many features useful for evaluating accessibility, such as highlighting images that lack alt text.
  • Lynx Viewer - A service that allows web authors to see what their pages will look like when viewed with a text-mode web browser
  • Testing Web Accessibility with Home Page Reader - explanation from the IBM Accessibility Center of how to use the IBM Home Page Reader to check the accessibility of a web site
  • Vischeck - A tool for simulating how a web page will look to someone with a color deficit
  • Colour Contrast Analyser - A tool that calculates whether two colors have sufficient contrast to be used as a background and foreground
  • Colour Contrast Check - Another tool that calculates whether two colors have sufficient contrast to be used as a background and foreground. Both tools use the W3C's color brightness formula and color difference formula to make this determination.

Usability Evaluation and Testing Methods

Professional Associations

  • ACM SIGCHI - Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery
    • DC-CHI - Metro DC Chapter of ACM SIGCHI
  • Human/Machine Interface Interest Group - An Interest Group of the American Library Association's (ALA) Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
  • ITG - The Internet Technical Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • UPA - The Usability Professionals' Association

Library Usability Projects

Digital Library Projects

Digital Library Publications

  • Ariadne - A quarterly magazine on digital library initiatives
  • D-Lib Magazine - An electronic-only publication on digital library research and development

HCI/Usability Labs and Research Groups

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