usability

How Users Read the Web

Certainly, there are many Web users who print out some information from the Web if they need it at a later date, for they do not want to rely on retrieving the information after leaving the Web site (see Book recommendation / advertisement: Buy this book at amazon.com/.co.uk/.de! Nielsen 2000). “Sometimes, the remote server will be down, sometimes the webmaster has removed the page, and sometimes the users are simply not able to find the page a second time.” (Book recommendation / advertisement: Buy this book at amazon.com/.co.uk/.de! Nielsen 2000, p 94) Nonetheless, the main interest in Web sites is immediate access to online information; this is what the whole thing is all about.

2007-10-17 12:50 |

Language selection and navigation

When publishing several language versions of the same texts on a Web site, a good translation is essential. This is no question, and I simply take it for granted. What is still important to bear in mind, however, is the fact that localisation too often is done “without knowledge of usability engineering principles or the context in which the product will be used” (Del Galdo & Nielsen 1996, p VI). Consequently, another aspect that I will discuss refers to the way the options to choose a language ought to be presented on a Web site.

2007-08-02 19:58 | ,

The Use of Literature on Web Linguistics and Usability

Whereas traditional literature on the fields of discourse analysis and text linguistics is – as one would have expected – very much at hand, useful literature (including online papers) on the particular concerns of Web linguistics are rare and ambiguous. Indeed, the topic is widely discussed among a variety of Web sites, but scientific standards, such as giving references or providing the information necessary for citing these publications, are often ignored . Therefore, I only used a few online papers for my discussion on Web linguistics. These however have been derived from reliable sources, as far as I can say.

2007-06-12 21:26 |

Introduction: (Still) growing Internet usage necessitates Web texts that work out

During the last ten to fifteen years the Internet has become an important factor to conduct many of our daily activities at home and on the job. As a medium of information and communication the Internet reached indispensable status for business and science, but for private usage as well.

2007-05-06 09:04 |

Again, why writing about text?

Because textual communication is rich but cheap, fast but discrete. And what is most striking here, as you will learn from my research that is to be published throughout this blog, people have never written that much before, since the emerge of the Internet. Can there be a better reason for approaching the Web from a linguistic perspective?

2007-04-18 14:51 |

Literature

2007-04-16 19:29 | ,

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