When I wrote the Good Blogging Guide last year, I concentrated on audience, purpose, search and writing like a real person (I hear voices saying “Look at yourself Ray, you’ve forgotten it all already!”). What I spent little time on was the technical side of blogging and the web – navigation, usability, content such as images, and other areas.
But the COI (Central Office of Information) for the Government have produced an excellent, and easy-to-read, set of usability guidelines for creating usable website in the public sector. It includes technical and design advice, as well as some very good pointers towards writing effective web content.
If you’re involved in a school website project – whether that’s external for parents, or internal for students and staff, it is a very worthwhile read. Useful too if you’re planning a new SharePoint 2010 project.
You can download the PDF’s of both guides too: