Sunday, October 29, 2006

Book Review: Prioritizing Web Usability

Review of Jakob Nielsen's new book ...

"Prioritizing Web Usability is the solemn title of web usability guru Jakob Nielsen’s latest book, which he wrote with Hoa Loranger. It is a useful book, but its style is as po-faced as the title.

The fundamental idea is to highlight and prioritise the most important elements so that a website can achieve its objectives. Since Nielsen’s earlier book, Designing Web Usability, the internet world has changed. Users have become more familiar with it and the technology in use has improved. So his new book also acts as an update to his earlier guidelines.

An early admonishment to website designers is: “If people can’t or won’t use a feature, it might as well not exist.” Like many of the exhortations in the book, this is a common-sense observation, but how many of us think that way? The book is more than mere exhortations though, and provides plenty of practical guidance.

... This book is a good replacement for its predecessor and, for Nielsen fans, an essential update."    (Continued via Information World Review)    [Usability Resources]

Prioritizing Web Usability

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