Today is World Usability Day – How will YOU Celebrate It?

clock November 12, 2009 12:57
Across the world, designers of everything from cell phones to Web sites are celebrating World Usability Day today. Founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association, World Usability Day is an annual event highlighting the importance of good design and ease-of-use in everyday products and services, including government Web sites.

Today is the day to commit to making your site or application more usable over the coming year—you can start by setting up a free usability consult with Wendy Littman ( or 301-525-7521), or read on for other simple ideas. [More]

Social Media, Multimedia, and Lessons from the April 30 Training

clock May 12, 2009 16:29
If you attended the Web Coordinators Workshop on April 30, then you had the opportunity to hear firsthand from the EERE Web team about EERE's work in Web standards and guidelines, social media, and multimedia. And if you didn't have the chance to watch in person, you can now read the presentations online!

You can now read all about the April 2009 Web Coordinators Workshop on the Communication Standards Web site. This page includes the presentations, handouts, and group activities from the workshop. It also includes links to all of the standards that were discussed.

During this workshop, we discussed several new standards that were released shortly before the training, some of which you may be interested in:

  • Multimedia Standards: New standards and guidelines for audio files, Flash animations, standalone Flash animations, and Videos.

  • Text Versions: Instructions on how to write a text version, which is required to make all multimedia files meet the accessibly requirements of Section 508.

If you have any questions about the training or the new standards and guidelines, feel free to leave a comment! [More]

Blogs, Navigation Labels, and Top Five Lists

clock September 24, 2008 12:03
You may have noticed over the last few weeks that we've been making a ton of little changes across the Communication Standards Web site. Today I'd like to highlight three changes that site owners across EERE may be interested in: the new EERE Blog Policy, the updated Library of Approved Navigation, and three new lists covering Top Five Standards You Need to Know—one for all three types of standards. [More]

Maintaining Your Sites

clock September 8, 2008 17:17
Over the last few months, we've been posting every few weeks to share information from the Communication Standards, to encourage a little conversation, and to share pearls of wisdom from Brian Lamb and Ginny Redish, two usability specialists who have shared their lessons with EERE. It's time now for our last post in this series, which is about one of the last things people think about for their sites: Maintenance. [More]

The Importance of Usability Testing

clock August 26, 2008 12:42
Have you ever thought about doing usability testing for your site, or had any done? [More]