web directions South - Oct 6-9 in Sydney, Australia - www.webdirections.org/
Usability Week Conference - Oct. 12-18 in Las Vegas - www.nngroup.com/events/las_vegas/
An Event Apart 2009 - Oct. 12-13 in Chicago - http://aneventapart.com/2009/chicago/
An Event Apart 2009 - Dec. 2-3 in San Francisco - http://aneventapart.com/2009/sanfrancisco/
FECT (Florida Educators Technology Conference) - Jan 12-15 in Orlando - www.fetc.org/
UK's netmanager - to understand the severity of outside attacks on UK web sites - https://its.net.uky.edu/home.php
Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness - www.uky.edu/IRPE/
Adolescent Risk Behavior Research - www.uky.edu/arbr/
Surgical Skills Lab - www.mc.uky.edu/ssl/
IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) - http://igert.engr.uky.edu/
Center of Obesity and Cardiovascular Research - www.mc.uky.edu/cocvd/
BUILDING RESPECT FOR USABILITY EXPERTISE
In response to a reader question concerning his article titled "Guesses vs. Data as Basis for Design Recommendations,"
Nielsen encourages us to use research, knowledge and patience to get colleagues — who are not usability experts — to trust us with their content.
Nielsen concludes that once content owners see how much better viewers react to web sites that are written and designed according to established usability guidelines, they'll start respecting you more. This is very similar to the way an organization as a whole builds usability maturity: one step at a time.
FIRST LOOK: OBJECT ORIENTED CSS
While early on the complicated end of the HTML spectrum this methodology promises considerably smaller CSS files, but slightly larger HTML files. Smaller CSS means less time spent looking at a blank page. Once your CSS has loaded, your site’s HTML content is displayed progressively as it loads.
“OOCSS isn’t really a framework … but a way of writing scalable, sane, maintainable CSS,” writes Nicole Sullivan, who has developed the methodology called Object Oriented CSS (OOCSS) (an example in code is included.).
This article by SitePoint's Kevin Yank goes on to answer the questions "What's the point?" and "Is it worth it?"
How concerned should be we be that our web sites be viewable on mobile devises?
Usability tests were given to Blackberry and iPhone users around the world in a Nielsen-Norman Group study of mobile usability and whether it enables users to perform the same tasks they could on a computer or netbook.
One conclusion — mobile user experience is miserable due to small screens, awkward input, download delays and badly designed sites. One other observation was that the better the phone the better the experience.
The study ends by stating that unless web sites are redesigned for the special circumstances of mobile use, the mobile Web will remain a mirage.
WRITE BETTER CSS WITH LESS
LESS is a coding method that embraces CSS, and any additional functionality it comes with, is integrated in such a way as to make it as seamless as possible. Thus, you can gradually move your CSS to LESS, or if you're only interesting in using variables, or operations, you aren't forced to learning a whole new language.
In this article by Raena Jackson Armitage, sample codes and grids are used to illustrate a streamlined way of building and maintaining your web site.
Caution: downloading a Ruby app is necessary to run LESS.