Our Web Design Usability Policy

Below, we highlight a few of the usability and accessibility practices we adopt for all of the sites we do.

1) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
We design our sites to be friendly to search engines such as Google, Yahoo Search and MSN Search. All our web design packages comes with basic search engine optimisation included to maximize your site’s web exposure.

2) Making use of the whole browser width
Our websites are designed to fit into the available screen width. No matter how high the resolution of your display is, the website will auto adjust its contents to fit into the available browser space.

3) Resizable Fonts
Have you ever been to a site where IE’s Text-Size (Menu Bar > View > Text Size) feature does not work? Annoying, isn’t it?

The pages we do are designed to allow text resizing. It is a widely requested accessibility feature that assists users with high resolution monitors.

4) No JavaScript Tolerant Design
We test our websites with many stringent tests. One of them is accessing your site with JavaScript disabled. JavaScript is a scripting technology used in web pages to greatly enhance the interactivity of the site.

However, some users disable it for security reasons. Many websites rely so heavily on JavaScript that the website does not function properly when a user disables JavaScript.

We will ensure that the websites we design are still accessible to such users.

5) Image Tool Tips
Tool tips are text that appears when you leave your mouse pointer over an image.

If you mouse-over the image, you should get a tool tip.

We add tool tips to images that we insert into your site. This plays a strong role in usability as well as helping in search engine optimization.

6) Consistent and Standard Formatted Web Pages
Every page follows a consistent layout with standard headings, links and colours.

Consistent layout among our web design pages

7) Anti-Harvest E-Mail Protection

All our packages come provided with a free e-mail form facility. However, some of our clients request to display the e-mail address for easier e-mailing.

The problem with this is that spammers deploy computers that scour the web with e-mail addresses displayed openly. These computers add the e-mail address they find to a spam list.

The next thing you know, the mailbox for that address gets lots of unsolicited mail.

8 ) Readable Font Sizes
Small fonts. Many of us hate it. We call it the negative Web 2.0 effect. Designers simply love to use 8pt font sizes, sometimes even breaking the browser’s font size accessibility feature.

Many visitors leave the site on having to lean close to their monitors.

In our designs, we set a font size that is at least 0.8em, or about 12pt. Even our usability guru Jakob Neilson has an article on this.