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Part: III Appendixes > Pattern Group L: Speeding Up Your Site

Pattern Group L: Speeding Up Your Site

L1 LOW NUMBER OF FILES

Niederst, J . (1999) Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. Beijing, China: O'Reilly.
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

Rhodes, J . (2001, July 25) The Usability of Usability: An Interview with Jared Spool. (http://www.webword.com/interviews/spool2.html)
This interview presents an interesting counterpoint to the argument for speedy download times. Jared Spool, a noted usability consultant, claims his research shows that download speed has no correlation with the usability of a site. In fact, his data says that it is the customer's ability to complete tasks that best correlates with the perception of the site's speed.

L2 FAST-DOWNLOADING IMAGES

CNET Builder.com. (No date) Graphics & Multimedia. (http://builder.cnet.com/webbuilding/0-3883.html)
This piece gives tips and tricks for creating and publishing images on the Web.

Marcus, A . (1992) Graphic Design for Electronic Documents and User Interfaces. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
See description under GRID LAYOUT (I1).

Marcus, A. , and Aaron Marcus and Associates. (1994) Principles of effective visual communication for graphical user interface design. In HCI-2000, R. Baecker, B. Buxton, J. Grudin, and S. Greenberg. (Eds.), pp. 425–441. Palo Alto, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.
This chapter looks at techniques for achieving effective visual communication. Of particular interest here is an overview of creating clear visual languages for icons.

Niederst, J . (1999) Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. Beijing, China: O'Reilly.
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

Spalter, A . (1999) The Computer in the Visual Arts. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
This book looks at many of the technology-related issues involved in creating visual images, including terminology, input devices, displays, projectors, printing, color spaces, three-dimensional worlds, and a little bit about the Web. It is an excellent book for visual designers wanting to learn more about technology, or for technologists wanting to learn more about the visual arts.

Weinman, L . (No date) The Browser-Safe Color Palette. (http://www.lynda.com/hex.html)
You can use the 216-color “browser-safe” color palette in your paint program when you create graphics for the Web. This set of colors was chosen because they look the same both on Macintosh computers and in Microsoft Windows. Some browsers will try to mix pixel colors to obtain colors that are close to the color you want if the color is outside of this palette. There is still some controversy about whether there truly is a browser-safe palette.

L3 SEPARATE TABLES

Niederst, J . (1999) Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. Beijing, China: O'Reilly.
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

Weijers, J . (No date) Jan's Guide to HTML and More. http://www.weijers.net/guide)
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

L4 HTML POWER

Niederst, J . (1999) Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. Beijing, China: O'Reilly.
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

Weijers, J . (No date) Jan's Guide to HTML and More. (http://www.weijers.net/guide)
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).

L5 REUSABLE IMAGES

Niederst, J . (1999) Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. Beijing, China: O'Reilly.
See description under EXPANDING-WIDTH SCREEN SIZE (I4).


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