Characterization and assessment of HTML style guides

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This paper describes a study in which HTML style guides were characterized, compared to established HCI style guides, and evaluated against findings from HCI reviews of web paces and applications. Findings showed little consistency among the 21 HTML style guides assessed, with 75% of recommendations appearing in only one style guide. While there was some overlap, only 20% of HTML relevant recommendations from established style guides were found in HTML style guides. HTML style guides emphasized common look and feel, information display, and navigation issues with little mention of many issues prominent in established style guides such as help, message ... continued below

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Ratner, J.; Grose, E. M. & Forsythe, C. December 31, 1995.

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This paper describes a study in which HTML style guides were characterized, compared to established HCI style guides, and evaluated against findings from HCI reviews of web paces and applications. Findings showed little consistency among the 21 HTML style guides assessed, with 75% of recommendations appearing in only one style guide. While there was some overlap, only 20% of HTML relevant recommendations from established style guides were found in HTML style guides. HTML style guides emphasized common look and feel, information display, and navigation issues with little mention of many issues prominent in established style guides such as help, message boxes and data entry. This difference is reinforced by other results showing that HTML style guides addressed concerns of web information content pages with much greater success than web-based applications. It is concluded that while the WWW represents a unique HCI environment, development of HTML style guides has been less rigorous, with issues associated with web-based applications largely ignored.

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  • CHI `96: Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) computer human interaction conference, Vancouver (Canada), 14-18 Apr 1996

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  • Other: DE96004312
  • Report No.: SAND--95-2865C
  • Report No.: CONF-960468--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 197843
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Ratner, J.; Grose, E. M. & Forsythe, C. Characterization and assessment of HTML style guides, article, December 31, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc664660/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.