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Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

  • Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture. ASfIA is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of information architecture.

  • InformIT .NET Reference Guide. Offers links to several articles relating to globalization, including a goodie called Globalization Step-by-Step.

  • SIGCHI. The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.

  • Usability First. An online guide to usability resources

  • Resource for designing usable Web sites and interfaces.

  • Usability Professionals' Association. The organization describes usability, provides guidelines, and shares real world examples of usability among other things. It's a great resource for those interested in usability and perhaps finding a professional organization.

  • User Interface Engineering. The UIE has a wealth of articles on usability with how-tos and studies. There are also lessons learned for conducting tests and techniques for improving design.

  • Jakob Nielsen's site on Usability and Web Design.

  • "The End of Usability Culture" and "The End of Usability Culture, Redux" at Digital Web Magazine. This excellent article argues that the usability culture has created faceless sites and there is a movement toward design.

  • "Durability of Usability Guidelines" by Jakob Nielsen. Nielsen reports usability guidelines have changed very little since 1986. Only about 10 percent is no longer applicable.

  • Morae. This software application records, logs, and analyzes usability test results.