Friday, June 02, 2006

Web Dogma

Liz Danzico at Boxes and Arrows has published an article and interview with Eric Reiss 'Dogmas Are Meant to be Broken' about Eric's 'Web Dogma ‘06' set of ten points for usable websites.

The 'dogma' is based on the ideas of the Eurpoean Dogma filmakers.
While I personally find most of the Dogma films art-cliquey borefests I like these points for the web.

To quote:

Web Dogma ‘06

  1. Anything that exists only to satisfy the internal politics of the site owner
    must be eliminated.
  2. Anything that exists only to satisfy the ego of the designer must be
  3. Anything that is irrelevant within the context of the page must be
  4. Any feature or technique that reduces the visitor’s ability to navigate
    freely must be reworked or eliminated.
  5. Any interactive object that forces the visitor to guess its meaning must be
    reworked or eliminated.
  6. No software, apart from the browser itself, must be required to get the site
    to work correctly.
  7. Content must be readable first, printable second, downloadable third.
  8. Usability must never be sacrificed for the sake of a style guide.
  9. No visitor must be forced to register or surrender personal data unless the
    site owner is unable to provide a service or complete a transaction without it.
  10. Break any of these rules sooner than do anything outright barbarous.

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At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super color scheme, I like it! Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful site with us.


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