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ISO and ANSI Standards
Standards on Usability
The three most-cited standards are listed here, but there are
many others on various aspects of usability, design and human factors. ISO
9241 includes the often-quoted definition of usability in Part 11:
Guidance on Usability
NCI - usability.gov
NCI Announces New
Research-Based Web Design Guidelines for Improving Health Information Web Sites
by James Mathews (from Usability
Interface, August 2001)
Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide
Also available in print.
IBM HCI Web Design Guidelines
Bandwidth Conservation Society
Guidelines for developing fast, small graphics, including an interactive comparison of
different file formats.
Software Application Design Guidelines
and Yeo GUI Design Essentials, Wiley, 1996
Guidelines for Designing User Interface Software - Smith and Mosier, MITRE
Dating back to 1986, these guidelines have become classics. They were prepared for the Air Force, and are a compilation of some of the best material available at the time. (PDF version)
Graphical User Interface Style Guide - ISII's sample style guide, "
based on IBM CUA, Microsoft "The Windows® Interface Guidlines for Software Design", and years of experience"
Writing Style Guides
American Psychological Association Style Guide
Links to several different resources for APA style and citation rules
A web-site that discusses how to create good business documents in the linked, on-screen
environment of Intranets and the Internet from Dan Bricklin and Trellix.
W3C Style Guide for Writing Online Documents
Corporate Interface Guidelines
These guidelines were written for a specific corporate or government
environment, though they may also be examples of good general guidelines.
Ameritech Graphical User Interface Standards and Design Guidelines
Now available only in the WayBack
Machine Internet Archive
Guidelines for Specific
Some guides address a specific type of application. While they may include
general design principles they document the application of those principles in a limited
set of interfaces.
Earth Observing System Data Information System
(EOSDIS) Core System (ECS)
This is an example of a style guide intended to ensure consistency across a group of
similar applications written in a single development environment. It is available only for
download as a PDF or PostScript file.