I’ll admit, you need not be oblivious to benefit from the two services I am about to introduce you to. It is not easy to keep proper track of all important aspects of clean and modern web design. I’m sure you will have created your own notes, hints, checklists as your experience developed throughout the years. In my case only the painful experiences made me jot things down for future reference. Today’s article shows you Userium and Web Developer Checklist. The two can help developers with lesser experience, yet still be of value to more experienced ones who declare themselves a notes grouch.
Userium – Usability Support from Finland
Nina Patkai and her team from Helsinki, Finland create Userium, a checklist with a sharp focus on all things relating to usability of websites. It aims to help to avoid the most common mistakes even before external testing gets started. Userium is based upon the W3C guidelines and integrates further findings from publications by the Nielsen Norman Group and others. It will not turn out to have been a mistake relying on Userium.
Structured into categories, Patkai delivers tips and hints that at first may seem trivial, but do make sense if you think deeper. Oftentimes the most obvious issues are the most easily overlooked, e.g. to forget to establish a perceivable contrast between text and background.
Userium can be used online or as a printed version. As such it will bring you seven pages of paper to impress your client with or aid your internal testers by giving them something to move along by. Userium comes free of charge and is highly recommended.
Web Developer Checklist – Work in Progress
Web Developer Checklist by Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi and Mads Kristensen should be more elaborate than Userium, yet comes along much slimmer. At its recent state of development it can only be described as being the beginning of a checklist for web developers. More substance would be very much appreciated. At the moment, only some basics are covered, roughly.
The way the checklist is built is promising, though. Each checklist item contains related links to tools , services, guidelines, whatever makes sense to turn to. The project is available for free, resides on Github and awaits active cooperation.
- Usability Checklist Beta | Userium
- Web Developer Checklist | webdevchecklist.com
- WebDevChecklist on Github
Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.