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April 2004 Contents:


Social networking and social software
Social Networks and Social Software have been gaining a great deal of attention in corporate think tanks and discussion groups around the world. Review of progress in this area and interview with Huy Zing, a self-described, “seriously addicted online community personality” By Eileen Quenin.

Accessibility investigation of 1000 UK web sites - results just in
In March 2003 the UK Disability Rights Commission launced a formal investigation of UK Web accessibility. The results were released on April 14th 2004. Unsurprisingly the majority of sites (over 81%) fail to reach even the most basic of accessibility levels. Review of findings and comment. By Jon Dodd.

Difficulties in Modeling GNU/Linux User Behaviors
Existing models and methods of computer use are not compatible with behaviors resulting from using the Linux operating system. How different could Linux be from other operating systems? This article provides a few points of comparison. By Matt Queen.

Contribute to a new ISO - feedback requested
The new ISO/CD 20282 - 'Ease of operation of everyday products' is currently in draft form. The editors are requesting feedback from experts in the industry.

It is easy to criticize but... challenge to find examples of GOOD usability
Things that 'suck', things that are 'broken', things that belong in 'halls of shame' - pretty easy to spot. What about things that shine, really work, have great design and great usability? A challenge to you to submit examples that demonstrate principles of usable interactive design. Not as easy as you think?

UPA Stuff:

User Experience magazine. What did you think?
The editors are looking for some feedback on your magazine. Let them know how to make it better.

Social Networking
Social Networks and Social Software have been gaining a great deal of attention in corporate think tanks and discussion groups around the world. This article reviews progress in this area and reports on an interview with Huy Zing a "seriously addicted online community personality” by Eileen Quenin

Does a piece of paper really matter? Friend of usability
Two more 'friend of usability' certificates have recently been awarded, and more are on their way. One recepient was extremely 'chuffed'.

UPA conference 2004 - Connecting communities
The full program is now available online, and a 'connecting communities' blog by Conference Committee member Eileen Quenin is up and running

UPA Chapters:

UK Chapter events
Reports on recent event s: user-centred design with children, eyetracking for usability. Details of 3 upcoming events.

German Chapter's Usability Professionals Track 2004
Info on the the usabilty track at "Mensch & Computer 2004" (after last year's success) and a request for submissions from other chapters to emphasize the international networking character of the UPA.

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