Plain Old Usability

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While the practice of making sure your navigation and website’s usability it’s not incredibly new, the thought of it does hinder some designers. I mean, let’s face it…usability research, accessible compliance regulations – it all seems kinda boring. And to those Photoshop web designers, who would rather create a site in flash than make sure they don’t discriminate against disabled internet users – the easy road is the road they travel.

Anyway, I digress…usability is not boring. Accessifying a website isn’t either. As a matter of fact, following accessible, semantically correct, standards compliant web designs is where it’s at amigos! So on to my point.

Plain Old Usability

You see, thinking about usability is as simple as surfing to your website, putting away your mouse, and navigate with only your keyboard. Seems easy enough, right? Well, how about those flash sites now? Can you navigate efficiently? What about those table-based, Photoshop chop-ups? How easy is it to surf those sites?

Creating accessible navigations and layouts is not difficult at all. And even beauty can be created using web standards. So why are so few websites not usable, unless you are a non-disabled mouse user? Easy…lazy designers who don’t care, or are “too busy” to thing about accessibility.

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