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UX for the Web

By : Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom
Book Image

UX for the Web

By: Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom

Overview of this book

If you want to create web apps that are not only beautiful to look at, but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, this book will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. The book starts with the basics of UX, the relationship between Human-Centered Design (HCD), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process; it gradually takes you through the best practices to create a web app that stands out from your competitors. You’ll also learn how to create an emotional connection with the user to increase user interaction and client retention by different means of communication channels. We’ll guide you through the steps in developing an effective UX strategy through user research and persona creation and how to bring that UX strategy to life with beautiful, yet functional designs that cater for complex features with micro interactions. Practical UX methodologies such as creating a solid Information Architecture (IA), wireframes, and prototypes will be discussed in detail. We’ll also show you how to test your designs with representative users, and ensure that they are usable on different devices, browsers and assistive technologies. Lastly, we’ll focus on making your web app fully accessible from a development and design perspective by taking you through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


In this chapter, we have introduced web accessibility. We began by defining it and describing the different types of special needs that users of a website might have. We discussed in general terms how to cater for these different special needs.

Thereafter, we looked at the benefits of providing an accessible website, including the moral value of making your information and services available to everyone. Legal implications for non-accessible websites are increasing across the world; we briefly examined trends in this area.

We examined assistive technologies, and how to design and develop for them. Finally, we provided some guidelines about testing for accessibility.

In the next chapter, we look at how to measure accessibility with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and how to implement WAI-ARIA roles effectively. We also examined designing for accessibility and using tools to implement accessible websites in more detail.