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HHS Web Standards and Usability Guidelines

Authors: Health and Human Services (HHS)


This website contains 187 guidelines for effective web design and usability and covers a wide range of web site design issues, including disability accessibility, home page design, page and site navigation, graphics and images, web content organization and effective web content writing. These are research-based web design & usability guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The guidelines are organized in a searchable database. These are the categories:

Chapter 1: Design Process and Evaluation
Chapter 2: Optimizing the User Experience
Chapter 3: Accessibility
Chapter 4: Hardware and Software
Chapter 5: The Home Page
Chapter 6: Page Layout
Chapter 7: Navigation
Chapter 8: Scrolling and Paging
Chapter 9: Headings, Titles, and Labels
Chapter 10: Links
Chapter 11: Text Appearance
Chapter 12: Lists
Chapter 13: Screen-Based Controls (Widgets)
Chapter 14: Graphics, Images, and Multimedia
Chapter 15: Writing Web Content
Chapter 16: Content Organization
Chapter 17: Search
Chapter 18: Usability Testing

Contact Info:
Organization:The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Address:200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C.
Phone:202-619-0257; Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

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