Essential Design for Web Professionals (Essentials for Web Professionals)

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Don't just build Web sites: architect them for maximum usability and effectiveness! In this book, leading usability and information design specialist Charles J. Lyons shows you how. Discover easy, practical ways to identify your users' requirements, translate their needs into superb content and navigation -- and avoid user confusion and expensive site retrofitting. Using a hands-on case study and live companion Web site, Essential Design for Web Professionals walks you through every step of the process: analysis, site design, delivery, and beyond! Usability expert Charles J. Lyons demonstrates how to identify your users' key needs and requirements; then build sites that can evolve and grow to meet them more and more effectively. You'll learn how to define logical, clear, easy-to-use navigation systems; use graphics more effectively; and test your site's usability with real users. Lyons shows how to globalize your Web presence for worldwide audiences; make your site accessible to the physically challenged -- and even leverage the awesome power of XML.

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  • Architect and design any Web site for maximum effectiveness!
  • Build an entire site, step by step using a real-world case study
  • Work with practical techniques for testing usability
  • Explore site accessibility, use of XML, and more
  • Learn from a leading expert in information design and usability
  • Endorsed by WOW (The World Organization of Web Masters).

Don't just build Web sites: architect them for maximum usability and effectiveness! In this book, leading usability and information design specialist Charles J. Lyons shows you how. Discover easy, practical ways to identify your users' requirements, translate their needs into superb content and navigation, and avoid user confusion and expensive site retrofitting. Using a hands-on case study, this book walks you through every stage: site analysis, design, and delivery. Better yet, you can recreate the case study using images and files from a fully integrated Web site that even gives you the final solution. But no peeking!

You'll master all this, and much more!

  • Understanding your users' needs and requirements
  • Building sites that can evolve and grow
  • Defining logical, clear, easy-to-use navigation systems
  • Using graphics more effectively
  • Testing usability with real users
  • Making your site accessible to the physically challenged
  • Leveraging the power of XML in your site and Web applications

Rely on Essential Guides for ALL the Web Skills You Need! All these books share the same great format, and same dynamic Web site...so once you've used one, learning from the others is a piece of cake!

  • Essential PHP for Web Professionals
  • Essential ASP for Web Professionals
  • Essential Flash 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential PERL 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential JavaScript for Web Professionals
  • Essential CSS and DHTML for Web Programmers
  • And more to come!

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Introduction

When I decided to write this book, it was my intention to provide to Web professionals a cogent and defendable methodology for developing Web sites. For years, I have seen both systems and Web sites developed in an undisciplined manner. What results is a system or Web site for which a great deal of retrofitting and reengineering is necessary. Retrofitting is expensive and its necessity is the result of not taking a thorough and disciplined approach to developing the Web site.

The methodology suggested herein is based upon sound systems engineering principles. The approach is to perform a thorough and complete requirements analysis up front. A solid analysis provides the foundation for designing a Web site that will meet the usersÕ needs each and every time. A successful Web site will also be easy to maintain, since major blocks of thought are not left out. While revisions are needed, they will be more related to the business needs and exigencies than to faulty, premature design.

Throughout this book, there are images that are worth viewing in color. At various points in the text, you will be prompted to visit a Web site, where color versions of the images are shown.

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