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Accessibility and Usability for All

An article discussing how the needs of all users must be addressed, including the varying level of computer literacy and competence. It is conjectured that building sites which address the specific needs of these audiences will benefit the general public as a whole.

Nevett, Fraser. Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Accessibility>Usability


Beyond Usability Testing: User-Centred Design and Organisational Maturity

What lies beyond usability testing? User-centred design, based on ISO standards. We discuss this approach and the organisational maturity needed to put it into action.

Philip, Ross and Rourke, Chris. Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Usability>User Centered Design


Building a More Semantic Web With Microformats

This paper will introduce the Semantic Web, the next stage in the development of the web. We will explain why semantics are important, how they can help computers catalogue data, and how this will benefit us as individuals. We will also look at microformats, an ongoing project the aims to help us create a more semantic web. We assume you have a good knowledge of XHTML.

Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Web Design>Information Design>XHTML


Good Writing on Your Web Site: How and Why You Should Ensure the Quality of Your Content

Discusses the importance of writing well and some simple methods for ensuring your content is well-written and then move on to ways clever content-management systems can make your life easier.

Mercurytide (2005). Articles>Web Design>Writing


Introduction to Search Engine Optimization

This introduction to search engine optimization will outline some of the basic principles of SEO and explain how they can be used to improve your web pages' performance in search results.

Mercurytide (2007). Design>Web Design>Marketing>Search Engine Optimization


Issues When Working With AJAX

This paper covers the main stumbling-blocks you're likely to come across with AJAX: instantiating the necessary JavaScript object, building the request, and using the response.

Mercurytide (2005). Articles>Web Design>Ajax>JavaScript


Layman's Guide to Web Syndication

Syndication has taken the web industry by storm. It's used everywhere. Talk to a web developer and they'll tell you they've been using it for years. But, as with a lot of things geek, those on the cutting-edge often forget to tell others how to use the new technology.

Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Web Design>Information Design>RSS


A Life Online: Living Decentralised

As the computing world becomes more and more decentralised, people are realising more and more ways to free themselves from a single PC, work socially, and live a life online. This paper discusses how you can take to this new way of working, how you can decentralise your tasks and methods of working. It discusses the online applications you can use to replace your PC‘s programs, identifying both benefits and drawbacks.

Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Collaboration>Online>Social Networking


The Publishing House: An Exploration of the Internet Publishing Revolution

This paper will discuss the state of new media before describing solutions to the problems introduced by instant publishing. Two prolific sources of information, news articles and research, are the focus of this paper.

Mercurytide (2005). Articles>Publishing>Online


Web 2.0: A Very Short Introduction

A profound change is happening on the cutting-edge of web development: we are relinquishing control of information. No longer are sites working independently from each other; no longer is information sitting in isolation with no interaction between sites. Rather, the best web programmers are now creating sites that allow information to be reused anywhere.

Mercurytide (2005). Articles>Web Design>Interaction Design>Social Networking


Why Are Online Communities So Popular?

In An exploration of the internet publishing revolution, I discussed the implications of the increased self-publishing on the web. The discussion covered general concerns and possible impacts of the sudden growth, but not the reasons behind it. What has prompted the expansion of people’s voice on the web? Where have these communities of bloggers and posters come from? Why have they arisen? In this article I intend to find answers to these questions and ask: ‘What makes online communities so popular?’

Mercurytide (2006). Articles>Web Design>Community Building>Social Networking

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