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456 Berea Street: Articles and news on web standards, accessibility, and usability

456 Berea Street

This site is developed and authored by me, Roger Johansson. I’m a Swedish web professional who has been working with the web and other interactive media since 1994.

This site is a place for me to post articles, tutorials, and comments on subjects that are interesting and useful to me and hopefully to other web professionals. Most posts on this site are related to web standards, accessibility, or usability in one way or another, with the occasional...

url: http://www.456bereastreet.com/

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COI usability toolkit

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COI Toolkit Beta

In July 2008 The Power of Information Taskforce commissioned research from the user experience agency Bunnyfoot to identify good and bad aspects of government websites. The review found that some government websites are failing to get the basics right, for example:

url: http://usability.coi.gov.uk/

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Comments on A Kitchen Theory

Celeste wrote a strawman on small techy gadgets with many functions. Here's my contribution.

I agree when you say multipurpose devices are harder to use, my DVD/VCR remote control, which can also control my TV, has a complex array of features.

I think the key here is the interaction among devices. In the kitchen it's the cook who moves food (content) from one device to the next. In gadgets the content is information, bits not atoms (see Negroponte). The agent that moves it is electronics. It's easy to build such connected devices. Disconnected devices are still being developed. We don't see bluetooth in many devices yet. When we do these devices will regain their single purpose.

About reaching a state of technology where the computer is not visible, will we really see that? How old is the television? (A question for another day is, how much has the television improved?)