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Welcome a new event from NMK – Usability: Whose Problem is it Anyway?

Building on the ever-growing popularity of its evening events - such as Beers & Innovation – NMK will be introducing a new range of topics and tackling the more philosophical and tricky problems that face the new media industry.

The Premise
In a recent survey by Nomensa, 98 per cent of the 100 websites analysed didn't reach industry standards on programming code and 89 per cent were difficult to navigate. In the present atmosphere of growth and in a world of web 2.0 - where interactivity and contribution are king - who's problem is this: Developers? Designers? Publishers? W3C? The government? Firefox? Microsoft? Bloggers? Software producers? The creators of Flash and AJAX? Agencies? Advertisers? Disabled rights organisations?

A jargon free evening where our panel will wade through the confusion and mess, attempting to provide some answers as to making the web a friendlier place.

After which there will be the opportunity to pitch in, share thoughts and ask the panel some searching questions.

The Panel
(Chair) Kathryn Corrick, new media consultant
Stefan Haselwimmer, managing director, UsabilityExchange
Further speakers TBC.

COST: £15


NB: Bookings must be made through the NMK site. We advise using Explorer (not Firefox) when using the online booking system. Thanks!

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Added by BexFitz on January 8, 2007



There's something patently absurd about asking users to sign up for a usability event using IE *but not* Firefox.


Like many small organisations, I am aware that NMK is having to handle a legacy design and CMS, built when Firefox 1.0 (let alone 2.0) were but a twinkle in a developers eye. And as a small organisation getting such things fixed isn't always easy. Far better to be honest about the problem and make users aware of it than make them go through a process that will not work.

This problem does highlight some of the many difficulties with usability. That even with a good set of intentions, which NMK has, introducing better usability and accessability isn't always as simple or quick as we would like it to be.


RedSetter says it all, really, but...

I know. I know. So sorry.

It will move into the 21st century before too long, if I have my way!