26 May 2006

Experientia partner publishes Italian book on web site usability

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Usability dei Siti Web
Over the last year Experientia partner and usability specialist Michele Visciola has been working on the second edition of his book “Usabilità dei Siti Web” [The Usability of Web Sites].

The book, which is published by Apogeo, will be available in Italian bookshops in the month of June.

Abstract (translation):

The theme of usability is a well-known concept in web design. Continuous technological evolution is now rapidly transforming the web, offering many new possibilities, but not necessarily making a site “easy to use”. What are the best practices for web design? What are the communication, marketing and technology factors that lead to success? How to measure and evaluate a site’s ease of use? How to create sites that are accessible to all, as the law requires us to do?

The author answers these questions by providing conceptual and practical tools helping readers to address usability issues. When designing websites, we cannot just rely on the goodwill of the users. Instead we have to place their information needs, their behaviours and the way they use online services at the heart of the entire design effort.

The first edition of the book (2000) strongly contributed to the debate on usability in Italy. This second edition, which is revised and extended, presents an overall framework for the culture of web design, explores the relationship between usability and creativity, outlines a development path for usability professionals, and concludes with an in-depth reflection on the ethical and aesthetical issues of human-computer interaction.

Those of you proficient in Italian can download the book’s table of contents (pdf, 76 kb), preface (pdf, 72 kb) and first chapter (pdf, 100 kb).

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