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Best 2009 intranets (according to Jacob Nielsen & Co)

10 June 2009 | admin |

We are currently looking for an intranet solution for collaboration (documents, versions control, hosted, blogs, communities, wiki). So far we have two variants: Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2007 ( Windows Sharepoint Services to be exct, which is free) and Jive SBS Express.

While searching for materials on intranet-solutions I visited Jacob Nilsen's website and found his annual report about intranet solutions. 

Source: 10 best intranets of 2009

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Sharepoint - a freakin’ glorified file server

15 June 2009 | admin | Intranet-solutions

We are now choosing an ECM (Enterprise Content Management) for our company. We have wiki (on DokuWiki), file server on Samba for linux where we store documents, system of rights, intranet access through vpn and a set of scripts, which are launched from console (ssh) to create/delete users, projects etc. The time has come to get all this stuff organized. We are planning to install an ECM system and NAS (network access page).  

New useful tips for internet-forms design

27 December 2006 | admin | Design

I came across a very interesting article today - Label Placement in Forms. Authors share the results of a survey they conducted using equipment for tracking eye movements. During the experiment users were asked to fill in 4 forms with the same boxes but different label placement (left alignment, right alignment, label above the box and bold label above the box).

Test 1. Left alignment

Advantages of usability

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

Usability is a characteristic of a web site, software or device, which helps a user easily and successfully perform a task. Usability is also a number of means, helping identify problems, which make the product unusable. Specialists in this sphere not only identify and classify these problems, but also offer solutions to them.

Is your site losing visitors?

About usability and attention

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

What is attention?
Attention enables us to process information about our environment. We recognize things only when we give some attention to them. Attention can be compared to flashlight, which we direct at an object to single it out. After we focused the flashlight on the object we start analyzing what we see.

Usability- testing

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

The essence of usability testing lies in watching users while their interaction with the system during performance of real tasks. Usability testing allows to find out if the system really works, i.e. if it solves the assigned design tasks, whether it’s productive enough and, simply, if users can perform their tasks at all.

Public accessibility of a web site

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

In 1999 Australian Human Rights Council demanded from Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) to re-design the official Olympic Games web site because of the user, who complained that he couldn’t use the web site as he was visually impaired. SOCOG refused to re-design the site, but eventually lost the case in court and was forced to re-design it and pay 20 000$ compensation.

Professional organizations in usability-sphere.

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

There’re several organizations that define a vector for the whole usability-community and promote user oriented design methods in industry and business.

ACM — Association for Computing Machinery

Information architecture (IA)

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

Information architecture (IA) – is a science studying information organization in order to facilitate people in fulfilling their information needs. Design of information architecture for a web site consists of content analyses and development of structure that will assist user in solving his information tasks (search for goods, search for an answer etc.).

History of usability and HCI

16 March 2011 | admin | Theory

HCI as an independent branch of science that began to develop in late 70’s – early 80’s. It started with the recognition of problems that users of complicated and powerful systems were experiencing. Usability is based on research of communication theories, graphics, industrial design, linguistics, social sciences and cognitive psychology. This knowledge helps designers create technically efficient (i.e. enabling to solve assigned tasks) and user operable (i.e. users can solve tasks) systems.