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bio website nz.linkedin.com/in/nathanwall
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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.


Jun
29
answered Blocking IE6: Deny outright or warn of issues?
Jun
26
answered Using progress bars in long web forms: motivating or demotivating?
Jun
26
answered Major redesign vs Gradual enhancement
Jun
26
comment DD/MM/YYYY - do people know what that means?
Further exploration of the W3 site reveals this comment "No ideal solution exists for this problem. Weigh the options and choose according to your preferences and your situation. If there is likely to be any ambiguity on the part of the user, it is usually best to use explicit month names and 4-digit years for Gregorian dates, or at least indicate on the page how to read the dates. Dates can be reformatted using dynamic techniques to match the linguistic context of the page." see w3.org/International/questions/qa-date-format
Jun
22
answered Choosing colors for a subtle UI
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
Your 4 dot points under 'other concerns' absolutely convinces me Im doing the right thing (in the absence of supporting data).
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
Hmmm Im not sure Id want to use/be able to use Google A/B test to test this. You could randomise the 'active' starting tab - this would work if all the links in the tab stayed on the same overall parent page. If it was a more generic nav bar as Glen commented, Id guess each page would be a different URL, so you might get some consistency issues between pages. If I was testing this Id probably do it in longer blocks of time measuring each change over say the course of a week, and apply the change consistently throughout the site so not to cause confusion for users in a single session.
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
@JW I did flag the "not tabs" or "not just tabs" point in my earliest answer to Glen's question :P @Rob - completely agree - don't fix it if it ain't broke always works for me.
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
I think your follow up edit about working out how long the list is, then going back to the start to skim each label is plausible, even more eager to design some tests around this now!
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
I tend to put contact us as the last link as well, but probably more so out of habit than real research. Why do you expect to see it last?
Jun
11
comment Where should the second most important tab go?
Wish I could give out gold stars for questions... OH WAIT! I can :)... I have spent all afternoon going back and looking at various sites I've done, different user test sessions and trying to work out how to fit tests for this very question into some of the testing that's coming up in the near future. This is going to cause me lost sleep, I just know it. Love it.
Jun
11
answered How can I justify UX processes?
Jun
10
answered Where should the second most important tab go?
Jun
6
comment Should I put view and edit on the same form?
Then I think you have your answer - screens should be editable by default.
Jun
6
answered Should I put view and edit on the same form?
Jun
5
comment How can I justify UX processes?
You've probably just asked the most difficult question of all :) There's been some other conversation on here recently, some of which you might find useful: How do you persuade an organization to value UX?
Jun
4
answered Do you consider the “960 Grid System” one of the “Holy Grails” of User Experience layouts?
May
29
comment What are the best practices of button alignment?
Im a PC lad, and most of our users are too :)
May
29
comment Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?
This is awesome stuff! Thanks for the links to the research, I'm finding this totally fascinating, and a bit of a Pandora's box at the same time. The required field indicators has really made me think, definitely going to test putting them before the field labels and see what happens.
May
29
answered What are the best practices of button alignment?