21. hypertext, multimedia and the world-wide web

EXERCISE 21.8 [extra - not in book]

Look up and study the Yale Style Manual info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/contents.html, which draws on HCI research. Identify the usability principles upon which the web guidelines are based. If you have a web page or site, take time to analyze how it accords with (or violates) the guidelines. (You may not agree with all of them, but you should be able to offer a principled argument for any points of disagreement.) If you don't have your own web site, start looking from an HCI perspective at the sites you visit, using the guidelines to help you. Note examples of usable sites, and try drawing up your own 'top ten' guidelines for novice web designers.

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open-ended investigation

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ex.21.1 (ans), ex.21.2 (ans), ex.21.3 (ans), ex.21.4 (ans), ex.21.5 (tut), ex.21.6 (open), ex.21.7 (tut), ex.21.8 (open), ex.21.9 (open), ex.21.10 (open), ex.21.11 (tut), ex.21.12 (tut)

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