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bio website nz.linkedin.com/in/nathanwall
location Wellington, New Zealand
age 40
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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.


May
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comment Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?
These two articles are exactly what I was looking for from a research point of view... Do you know of similar commentary about placement of prompts, instructional text, error messages etc... Im trawling through Google results but there's lots of clutter to sift though as well. Im also after actual examples of real forms that from a UX perspective tick all the right boxes. I think Im going to have to show a number of people the difference by having them use some existing forms in real life.
May
28
asked Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?
May
26
answered Keyboard navigation versus mouse navigation
May
25
comment Correct terminology for “please the interviewer” bias?
I see this type of bias coming out in tests all the time. I always have to remind my staff that listening to a user's answers is not enough, you have to observe their behavior, the body language, the level of confidence they show using the mouse, the time it takes to make a decision... we've also encountered what my team calls "the village idiot syndrome" where otherwise intelligent users freeze up as soon as they are put into a test scenario...
May
25
comment Correct terminology for “please the interviewer” bias?
This is a great question - but it is like opening Pandora's box :) Ill try and find a URL or 2 that you might find useful.
May
25
answered Correct terminology for “please the interviewer” bias?
May
25
answered What colors to use in contrast to designs using warm colors?
May
17
answered Summary Page - Should users be able to edit data on a summary page?
May
17
answered Are “print” links needed on a website?
May
17
answered Do we still need text scaling links on websites?
May
17
comment Do we still need text scaling links on websites?
Nathaniel you make a great point - you used the controls where your audience - elderly folk would benefit from it, and might not be as technological aware as other user groups.
May
17
comment Accessibility statements: Worth having on websites?
WCAG enables sites to include "Conformance claims" which outlines the technologies which are used and/or not relied on, and other aspects of the site users might want to be aware of. Many government websites will be required to show this kind of information.
May
17
answered DD/MM/YYYY - do people know what that means?
May
17
answered How do you find the balance between what the users' want and what the clients want?
May
17
answered Marketing opt-in/out preferences