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A while ago I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of ‘WebUser’ Magazine, from Freeinuk.com. This magazine covers a variety of topics related to the Internet and issues surrounding the subject. It is probably one of the easiest to understand for a computer novice such as myself. The language used is not flooded with fancy computer jargon and so is accessible to complete novices such as myself. Phew!
Readers and Hints pages is probably my favourite section of the whole magazine, because ordinary people write in with some simple or complicated problems and advice is given my the professionals. The good thing is that they are often common problems and tips are always helpful, even the simplest problem is addressed and helpful hints or comments are provided to make computer use easier.
Advertisements are few within this 90page magazine, but those present are computer orientated. The current issue of ‘Web User’ is available at your local newsagent at the bargain price of £1.20, so hurry while stocks last!
**Content** *Regular Features* News Net news New websites Web events News links Magazine Connections Competition Sample Feature Page-by-page links Discussions Feedback Open Forum Reader-helps-reader
*My Copy* The copy of ‘WebUser’ Magazine, which I received, was issue 4. It covered the following topics in a simple to follow, step by step guide: 1) Choosing a default browser. 2) Installing AltaVista, Quick Search. 3) Java. 4) Saving money by working offline. 5) Sending pictures by email. 6) Set up a FireWall. 7) Sort out email by category.
This magazine is issued on a weekly basis. It is currently on sale for £1.20 but subscribing by direct debit regularly every 6 months reduces the costs to £12.87 instead of £15.60. At £1.20 it’s worth a browse to see what you think.
‘WebUser’ Magazine also contains features about Internet auction sites too. I must subscribe on Direct Debit and then I will keep up to date and not forget to buy the latest issue! (The cost may now have increased, as I have not brought it for a few weeks). It is quite informative and gives a guide as to what to find and where to find it. ‘WebUser’ Magazine is available from most supermarkets and newsagents. If it is not on the shelf, just ask!
Status: New - In User Centred Web Design, usability expert John Cato outlines a design ... more
process that has a Web site visitor's needs in mind. He offers both theoretical discussions and real-world case studies. Although the illustrations in this compact book are small and not always well-printed, the insightful advice is clearly communicated and would be valuable to anyone setting out on the open sea of Web development. And, with its analyses of various corporate Web sites, User Centred Web Design addresses particularly important issues for those involved with e-business. This is not a software how-to book or a showcase of what's cutting-edge on the Web today. But it does inspire the sort of careful thinking found in Don Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things. Throughout the book, Cato offers diagrams, paradigms, and to-do lists, the first being his looping description of one's relation to the world: Awareness > Understanding > Action. His model for designing is Discover > Design > Use. Discovery includes the vision, exploration, "the 'Ah ha' moment". Design is where it is all born, and Use involves market testing and verification. These are just a few of the theoretical game plans he offers. Cato uses case studies to show how one can make user profiles contribute to the design process. It feels very similar to learning good marketing skills in business school. The book also takes a careful look at the visual techniques used on many sites today, breaking down what works and what doesn't, even proposing alternatives. For example, is the user confused over whether something is a button? Cato writes, "Make it buttony, and employ mouseovers to give confirmatory feedback", and "Go for creative ways of grabbing attention; they do not have to be large things." You'll also learn how to push your creativity, get over your fears and believe in yourself (good all-around life advice). There's even a section that looks at design issues for Web-enabled cell phones. This book won't wow you with its visuals, but the ideas and inspiration within may help you wow others with your Web design. --Angelynn Grant