Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

An Open Web advocate and front-end engineer, who loves everything mobile, and writes about HTML5, CSS, JS, UX, tech events, gadgets, etc. She unintentionally got 15min of fame by creating The HTTP Status Cats. Also, the opinions expressed here are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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Usability Guidelines for Mobile Web

WebCredible has this great article about usability on mobile web, 7 usability guidelines for websites on mobile devices. With actual examples and screenshots, pros and cons of each are explained nicely and clearly.

The seven guidelines are:

  1. Meet user’s needs quickly
  2. Don’t repeat the navigation on the every page
  3. Clearly distinguish selected items
  4. Make user input as easy as possible
  5. Only show essential information
  6. Place basic browsing control
  7. Design mobile-friendly layouts

Do they seem to be common-sense to you?
Yeah, but trust me, creating mobile web pages following the guidelines is not as easy as it appears to be. Mobile web is not just a dumb-down version of its desktop web sites, as some of you may think. Mobile web has whole new purposes!

By the way, I am glad to see Yahoo!’s oneSearch is used as an example for the “meet users’ needs”. We’re working really hard to provide the best mobile experiences to you!!!



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