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October 2002 Usability SIG event

200 New Guidelines for Web Development and Usability

Event Summary
Date: Tuesday, 8 October
Time: Please arrive early to allow time for the light buffet.
6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Registration, networking, and food
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Program
Location: Directions are provided below.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center
Conference Room 1
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: 703-907-5939
Cost: Fees are listed below.
RSVP: To register, complete the online reservation form.
Reservations, payments, and cancellations must be received by 5 PM, Monday, 7 October 2002

Don't forget your business cards for networking!

About the Event

This program takes a look at the product and process of the current stage of the Guidelines Project that will shortly produce 200 new research-based Web design and usability guidelines.

In April 2001 the Communication Technologies Branch (CTB) at the National Cancer Institute released the first set of 50 guidelines. Since that time CTB has been developing 200 new research-based web design and usability guidelines. These 200 new guidelines will include importance and strength of research ratings generated from several rounds of cross-disciplinary peer- and expert-review, as well as a complete list of references for each guideline.

This presentation will describe why evidence-based web design is important, present new research relevant to web design and usability, and explain the process used to develop the 200 new guidelines. CTB will also present those guidelines deemed most important to the success of a website and describe which guidelines have the most evidence to support them.

CTB's Guidelines Project presents research findings in an aggregated and useful format for web practitioners. STC members will benefit by having access to a resource that helps them make decisions that can be supported by research from the fields of technical communication, usability, web design, cognitive psychology, and human-computer interaction.

See the guidelines at "Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines" (21.9 MB .pdf).

What is is managed by the Communication Technologies Branch (CTB) of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Office of Communications. The NCI is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the focal point for the nation's biomedical research. is designed to provide current and accurate information on how to make health-related information Web sites and other user interfaces more usable, accessible, and useful. The site also links to a variety of quality Web sites and resources on usability, accessibility, and related topics that exist in the field.

Why is the National Cancer Institute providing this resource?
Clear and effective online communication to patients, health professionals and researchers is a critical element in the overall communications strategy of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government's principal agency for cancer research. Because NCI designs and manages a significant number of cancer-related information Web sites, this site was developed to specifically assist NCI Web managers, designers, and authors improve their overall communications and design efforts. However, since the general principles of good design and usability are applicable to anyone who works with information Web sites, we decided to make the site available to other federal agencies and to the general public.

About the Speakers

Sanjay J. Koyani heads the Web Design and Usability Section for the National Cancer Institute's Communication Technologies Branch. In this position, he analyzes, designs, and tests health communication systems and product interfaces. Mr. Koyani serves as project manager for the Guidelines Project and, the first usability portal in the Federal government. Additionally, he conducts and coordinates research addressing the most effective approaches for designing Web sites for different audiences. Mr. Koyani will discuss why evidence-based web design is important and present new research relevant to web design and usability.

Susan Allison is a usability engineer with the Communication Technologies Branch at the National Cancer Institute. She is responsible for analyzing, designing, and testing websites for the National Cancer Institute, as well as other Department of Health and Human Services agencies. Ms. Allison is project coordinator for the Guidelines Project and will explain the process used to develop the 200 new guidelines and present the guidelines deemed most important to the success of a website.


Light buffet of sandwiches with meat and vegetarian fillings, chips, and cookies. Because of catering limitations we are unfortunately unable to provide food to walk-in attendees.


  • $6 for Students with advance registration and advance payment
  • $10 for STC members with advance registration and advance payment
  • $15 for non-STC-members with advance registration and advance payment
  • $15 for all walk-ins/payment at the door (we are unable to provide food to walk-ins)


For more information on this event or to join the STCWDC Usability SIG email list, contact the Usability SIG Manager.


photo of the NRECA conference center

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA  22203
Phone: 703-907-5939

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