Towards a Corpus of Validated Web Design Guidelines

Jean Vanderdonckt 1, *
Abstract : Numerous guidelines are available to support designing accessible and usable web sites. However, most of these guidelines come from multiple guidelines sources with various trust levels so that their application does not guarantee any improvement of neither the accessibility nor the usability of web sites. A corpus of validated web design guidelines is therefore expected to insure such an improvement. To reach a corpus of guidelines designers can trust in, five steps were performed : firstly, guidelines sources were categorised according to a source model; secondly, the most representative and interesting guidelines sources were selected on a basis of selection parameters; thirdly, guidelines belonging to these selected sources were categorised in turn according to a general purpose guideline model and subsequently gathered to form an initial corpus of guidelines; fourthly, particular guidelines were selected by properties to be subject to a dedicated validation; fifthly, these guidelines were empirically validated by analysing the user satisfaction score. A first corpus of validated web design guidelines was consequently divided into three parts : text-only sites, graphical sites, and framed sites. This corpus is itself transformed in a web site with a design relying on its own contents.
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Jean Vanderdonckt. Towards a Corpus of Validated Web Design Guidelines. 4th ERCIM Int. Workshop on « User Interfaces for All » UI4All'1998, Oct 1998, Stockholm, Sweden. ⟨hal-01319625⟩



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