A new report from the federal government distills thousands of pages of research down to 187 key recommendations for how web sites should be constructed to maximize their effectiveness as communication tools.

The "Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines," released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), can help educators and others design their own web sites based on proven research about what works--and what doesn't--to ensure the greatest use among stakeholders. For example, are school web site designers using the best fonts, download times, screen resolution, or sentence length?


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