Archive for December, 2008

Effective and Usable Intranets

December 19, 2008

“J. Nielsen described the ideal intranet from a user’s point ov view (…): Share in a single place all the information necessary to the project; everyone can easily find this information and contribute to the existing information, kill the webmaster!”

From Buffa, Michael: Intranet Wikis (pdf)



December 10, 2008

“Technology creates opportunity for changes of behaviour and helps shift the conversation away from excuses (it’s too hard) to reasons (it’s too risky).”

From: Building Enterprise 2.0 on Culture 1.0

Wiki for enterprises

December 10, 2008

“A wiki is a collaborative website where users can create and edit pages. Wikis fall conceptually under the broad concept of content management, and you could certainly use your existing CMS to create a wiki-like site. However, wikis bring unique characteristics that differentiate them from a run-of-the-mill content management systems.

Wikis emphasize ease of content creation. This simplicity comes mostly from many sources:

  • A wiki markup language that provides a short-hand way of formatting text and linking documents.
  • The ability of users to create and edit pages directly and independently.
  • A bottom-up approach to site structure and navigation.
  • Very simple templating.
  • A conscious decision to eschew workflow or even simple approval steps.”

From: Mark Choate (2006): What makes an enterprise wiki?

Navigation Bars for Small Screens

December 5, 2008

“For devices with small screens, navigation bars at the top of the page force users to scroll past the navigation bar for each page they encounter. This is irritating and greatly detracts from the system’s overall usability. […] make sure navigation links are are available at the end of the page.”

From: Luca Passani: Global Authoring Practices for the Mobile Web

Order of Menu Items

December 5, 2008

“People scan a menu item by item from the top down. Usability studies have shown that people will click on the first item that might match what they are looking for. For this reason, it is preferable that the most specific items are presented first, and the most generic are displayed further down.”

Luca Passani: Global Authoring Practices for the Mobile Web