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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

Where to start with web accessibility?

Web accessibility can seem quite complex and overwhelming, and can be mistaken for something only expert designers and developers should tackle, but this perception of accessibility is not true. In any area of expertise, something can be intimidating if it's unknown, but as soon as you start looking into it, it becomes attainable. The first step to getting started in an area of expertise you’re not familiar with is to find reliable resources. In this chapter, we’ll provide you with some great resources and guidelines to get started in creating a usable and accessible website for all users, despite limitations. The following three resources form the foundation to web accessibility:

  1. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are the ultimate Web Accessibility guidelines when designing or developing an accessible website. We’ll discuss these guidelines in detail in this chapter. You can view the full WCAG 2.0 at
  2. The...