the purpose of this site?
This site is designed to provide current and accurate
information on how to make health-related information Web sites and
other user interfaces more usable, accessible, and useful. The site
also links to a variety of quality Web sites and resources on usability,
accessibility, and related topics that exist in the field.
is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing this resource?
Clear and effective online communication to the public
is a critical element in the overall communications strategy of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS). This site was developed to specifically assist HHS Web managers, designers, and authors improve their overall communications
and design efforts. However, since the general principles of good design
and usability are applicable to anyone who works with information Web
sites, we decided to make the site available to other federal agencies
and to the general public.
manages this site?
managed by the HHS Web Management Team in HHS's Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Public Affairs and the Office of Budget, Technology, and
is this site designed for?
in creating Web sites and other user interfaces that are responsive,
easy-to-use, and accessible. Other user interfaces include software
applications, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other mobile technologies,
or any device the user can operate in some way or another.
on this site?
broad information on usability and accessibility. The site comprises
original content in addition to links to external Web sites, resources,
Usability.gov have a linking policy?
the following guidelines for linking to non-HHS Web sites. Web sites
and pages that Usability.gov links to must provide information that
- Relates to the
mission of Usability.gov and complements and enhances the information
- Provides credible,
accurate and current information, is subject to adequate procedures
for the review and updating of material;
- Makes reasonable
accommodations for users with disabilities, such as the visually impaired;
- Primarily focuses
on information or educational content, rather than the promotion of
a product or service; and
- Adheres to adequate
policies regarding external links and privacy of user data.
These criteria may
change to reflect new Web policies at HHS.
Moving Forms to the Web - Thursday-Friday, October 14-15, 2004
Goal Oriented Planning and Testing October 21, 2004
New Research-Based Guidelines Sorting Tool: Sort Guidelines by Importance, Strength of Evidence, and Other Options
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