user experience

Accessibly UseIt

In answering the question of Quick-UX Usability, "Should I use it?" the sub-category of Accessibility represents one of the more complex components. In understanding this complexity, let's take a look at the Nearly Comprehensive Accessibility of Jakob Nielsen's UseIt.

uclip_image001Accessibility is the measure of how many differently skilled/abled types of people (including individuals with disabilities) in varying locations (e.g. mobile web) can make use of a given product. There exist many, very thorough, guidelines for determining the degree to which a product adheres to accepted accessibility standards. However, many can be very complex and time-consuming, also requiring the study of a good deal of the underlying code — much of which goes against the goals of the ‘quick’ part of Quick-UX.

Quick-UX

Quick-UX provides for the rapid, simple and quantifiable assessment of a product’s User Experience (UX). In answering the question of Usability, "Should I use it?" the sub-category of Accessibility represents one of the more complex components.

Today, we will look at the first of 2 examples of products with Nearly Comprehensive Accessibility, with a Quick-UX Accessibility value between 0.6 (inclusive) and 0.8.

Nearly Comprehensive Accessibility

Example: UseIt.com

Another product I could not resist evaluating is that of the Usability guru himself, Jakob Nielsen. UseIt is a comprehensive source for all aspects of Usability, across all media. Let’s see just how comprehensively it is applied.

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UseIt received the following results from FAE…

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…producing an Accessibility variable value of 0.636, Nearly Comprehensive Accessibility.

Should Do

Navigation & Orientation

  • When using input elements…

type=text, password, checkbox, radio, file, select, textarea

… it is important to also use the label element with either (1) the for attribute to indicate which form element a label is bound to, or (2) a descriptive title attribute. For example, as demonstrated on w3schools…

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HTML Standards

  • The doctype declaration should be the very first thing in an HTML document. And when it is used, it is important to remember that DOCTYPE is case-sensitive…

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Quick & Usable

Over the next few weeks I will continue exploring the ins-and-outs of a variety of products, and walking through real-world examples of the Quick-UX evaluation of Accessibility

Comprehensive Accessibility [RoundHouse & FAE]
Nearly Comprehensive Accessibility [UseIt & Eboy]
Moderate Accessibility [Borders, Bloomberg & NY1]
Fair Accessibility [CNET & Drudge Report & NBC NY]
Poor Accessibility [GoodReads & Barnes and Noble]

Quick-UX Accessibility Summary, Charts & Data

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Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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