Ok, I know it sounds crazy. We`ve all heard the rumors of the Pentagon purchasing a screwdriver for $500 and the CIA spending millions of dollars teaching Chimpanzees pig-latin so they can spy on Canadian zoos (ok, I made that one up, but you get the point). I finally stumbled upon a completely free resource, created by the U.S. government that anyone can access to improve their website usability or simply use as a guide in creating their website.
Shhh, don`t tell the CIA or Pentagon, but the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has put together a complete guide to website usability that you can download for $0.00. It`s a whopping 294 pages of usability guidelines covering all aspects of web design and implementation.
Numerous experts in the field were consulted and studies conducted to rank the relative importance and strength of evidence for each recommended guideline. Although the report is nearly 300 pages, I found it easy to browse and very well organized (great usability!)
By simply applying a few of their recommendations, you could easily improve the effectiveness of your website, increase your repeat traffic, and just make your visitors` overall experience that much better!
Download the complete guide to website usability
(Note: it`s 161M..so it take a while to download)
Now it`s Your Turn to Share!
Do you know of any free web tools, reports, resources that we could all use to help each others` websites? Please post them below.
Any Comments on this Report?
Also, if you have any comments regarding this usability report or if you completely disagree with any of the guidelines, let`s hear it. Website usability is definitely not an absolute science and there are often many shades of gray that may not be applicable in certain cases.
I look forward to your comments and all the great free resources. If I come across any others I`ll tack `em on this topic.