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bio website nz.linkedin.com/in/nathanwall
location Wellington, New Zealand
age 40
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seen Oct 29 '10 at 21:06

Over 12 years experience designing and implementing websites, information portals and transactional services for government agencies in both Australia and New Zealand.

Since 2004, have collaborated with representatives of other government agencies to redevelop the the NZ Government web publishing standards.

My specialties: HTML, javascript, CSS, UXD, user centred design, information mapping, information architecture, IA, SEO, enterprise content management, web standards, accessibility, customer testing.


Sep
15
comment What we should write inside “Search box”?
Separate button gets +1 filling the field with 'search' gets -100, using last query string gets +1
Sep
15
comment What we should write inside “Search box”?
If you are coding your site correctly you ill have a label associated with all form input fields. It's part of the HTML standard and required for w3c accessibility compliance. If you really ,jst include a pre filled string of "search" use JavaScript to populate the value as well as remove it. If users have js blocked or turned off, the field is not cluttered.
Sep
2
answered Should we avoid using the word “my” in menu items?
Aug
29
awarded  Supporter
Aug
29
awarded  Teacher
Aug
29
answered Hiding information when a user has expressed a reason for visiting a website
Aug
29
answered Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?
Aug
29
comment Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?
IP detection might work in most cases but its not 100% accurate. When I said "most likely" I meant in the context of what you know about yur users, such as historical evidence from acutal orders placed etc. The same evidence-based approach can be applied to other elements where there is no equivalent to "IP detection", most popular size, colour, shipping option etc...
Aug
28
answered What are some good concepts to be mindful of when integrating two separate websites?
Aug
28
answered Mixing percent and fixed CSS
Aug
28
answered Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?
Aug
28
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
23
answered Website Addresses - To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen ?
Aug
23
comment How do you track new feature/product adoption?
Usage or adoption, in itself it not necessarily the right measure. What business problem is your product trying to solve? What is the reason the product exists in the first place? eg. A co. I work for has goal of reducing errors on customer applications. They redesigned a form and 50,000 per month switched from paper. The error rate didnt really go down though, customers were still not providing all the information needed. Usage is not a problem here, the design of the form is.
Aug
22
answered How do you track new feature/product adoption?
Aug
9
comment Differences between websites and their mobile counterparts
Its a shame that many organisations dont have the same 'focus on the main things users will want and use'. I agree its a perception about what's possible with a small screen, it may also be that for many organisations their mobile interface is actually secondary. For several of the companies I have worked for, their mobile site barely got worked on, had the simplest possible css etc.
Aug
9
comment Differences between websites and their mobile counterparts
@Charles, Michael has already asked 3 specific questions in his post to get the conversation started.... I don't see what the problem is.
Aug
9
answered Ideal number of candidates for user-testing
Jul
23
answered More Intuitive Search Icon - Maginfying Glass or Pair of Binoculars?
Jul
21
comment How do you improve the IA of an existing site without throwing away existing content?
Always gets my vote :)