Follow the guidelines below to create user-centered, accessible content for the IEEE Web Presence that will help your users more easily accomplish their online tasks.
User experience is the collective outcome of design, navigation, functionality, ability to satisfy expectations, and much more. Usability is the extent to which a product can be used by intended users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction.
All IEEE Web sites must uphold user experience and usability optimization as primary objectives throughout the life cycles of their sites and should follow a user-centered design methodology that focuses on users through the planning, design, and development stages of projects.
Web accessibility is the ease with which people with disabilities (physical, cognitive or technological) can understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the Web.
All IEEE sites must, at a minimum, comply with Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘ 794d) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A. If complete compliance has not yet been reached, you must have a project plan to obtain completion and be actively working to complete it within a reasonable amount of time.
IEEE Web publishers are encouraged to deliver content at higher accessibility levels (Level AA or Level AAA) whenever possible.
All new or significantly redesigned IEEE sites must be evaluated for usability prior to launch. Significant redesigns include reskins, top level IA changes, major new functionality or features, global template or navigation updates, etc.
For guidance on when and what to test, refer to the following resources:
At a minimum, usability testing or expert reviews should encompass the following.
Ongoing evaluation/testing should also be part of the monitoring process.