Producing good websites: further reading

There are a number of individuals and organisations who provide guidance on producing good websites online.

The following websites, articles and books are useful resources for information about web design, usability and good practice.

Website links

The World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). An international consortium that works to develop web standards and guidelines.

useit.com: Jakob Nielsen's Website
Jakob Nielsen's website contains lots of useful articles about user experience, testing, and current developments in approach and thinking about website design and usability.

Usability.gov
A US government website, 'Guide to developing usable and useful websites'. Information is centred around four main headings of 'Plan', 'Analyse', 'Design', 'Test and refine'.

Web writing for many interest levels
A good article by Nathan Wallace on writing style for the web.

The Yale Style Guide
Comprehensive guide to planning, designing and producing an effective website.

How to Write Plain English
A useful article by Rudolf Flesch about writing for readability.

Some useful articles by Jakob Nielsen

Be Succinct! (Writing for the Web)

Microcontent: How to Write Headlines, Page Titles, and Subject Lines

Inverted Pyramids in Cyberspace: How writing for the web is different

How Users Read on the Web

Concise, Scannable, and Objective: How to Write for the Web

Cost of User Testing a Website

Why You Only Need to Test With 5 Users

Recommended books

Don't Make Me Think, A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug, Circle.com Library

Designing Web Usability, Jakob Nielsen, New Riders Publishing

Web Design in a Nutshell, Jennifer Niederst, O'Reilly

A simple guide to writing for your website, Susannah Ross, Prentice Hall

Shaping Web Usability, Interaction Design in Context, Albert N Badre, Addison Wesley

Writing for the web, Crawford Kilian, Circle.com Library