The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

Top 50 Screen Capture Tools for Taking Screenshots October 22, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

Top 50 Screen Capture Tools for Taking Screenshots

Being able to share content online has become commonplace in today’s online environment. One of the easiest and most common methods of sharing is through capturing screenshots. The method is fairly self-explanatory: it simply involves recording and saving an image of what one is looking at on one’s web browser. Once saved, screenshots can be edited, personalized, and transmitted through the internet, to any target audience that one chooses.

Today, practically every computer on the market comes pre-installed with basic screen-capture functions. Most users are familiar with the “Print Screen” key on the keyboard and know how to save and manipulate a screenshot captured this way. This basic functionality might be sufficient for most, but for users that go the extra distance, basic editing may not be enough. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of screen capturing tools on the market that can provide the extra options that savvy users look for.

Screen capturing programs cover a wide arc in their capabilities, and their availability. Some are geared towards editing and sharing 2-D images, some offer 3-D options, and some programs even have audio functionality. Several tools are specific to one operating system or browser (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), while others can function on multiple systems. Finally, some of these tools are offered free of charge, while others require a fee. The type of posting that users prefer will determine exactly which tools they will need. Although the number of tools available is far higher than what we cover here, we will focus on 50 of the most popular programs.

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 Top 30 Application Programming Interface (API) Testing Tools

There is an app—a computer application—for just about everything these days. The sheer number of apps and the range of their functions boggles the mind. Furthermore, if an app for a given problem or need does not exist, it seems to be easy to develop it. This short development time is likely due to advances in the field of APIs.

API or Application Programming Interface is a well-thought-out methodology of building computer software. Simply put, it involves having all the components of software development readily available to programmers: the software definitions, protocols, and tools used to build programs. The specifications for APIs are incredibly varied and can include routines, data structures, and variables, to name a few. Regardless, APIs follow a number of general principles.

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Why Use a Visual Sitemap Generator October 16, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

Why Use a Visual Sitemap Generator

  A visual sitemap acts as a planner for your website. It can be used in the same way as a set of directions if you are traveling to a location that you have never been to before. It can also be thought of as a set of instructions, seeing as how you have sat down well beforehand and made this sitemap so that it will help you successfully create your own website. It is a flowchart. We all grew up using flow charts for different classes whether we were in elementary school or college. So it only makes sense that we continue to plan out what we need to do in such a way as we are able to make things easier on ourselves.

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CAPTCHA Solving Services and Available CAPTCHA Types October 12, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

CAPTCHA Solving Services and Available CAPTCHA Types

If you have ever had to type in a combination of numbers and letters to prove to a website you are human, then you might be somewhat familiar with CAPTCHA. Here is what you need to know about CAPTCHA, as well as some of the top CAPTCHA solving companies. You might be wondering why some people might want to solve CAPTCHA, and while it might be hard to believe, there are people out there who are interested in partaking in some of the less desirable behavior on the internet. With that being said, there are two sides to every story, so read on to find out more.

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Accessibility Testing Best Practices to Follow October 5, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

Accessibility Testing Best Practices to Follow

There are many best practices to follow when it comes to accessibility testing. Making your website accessible to customers—despite any disability they may have—is not only the law, but it is also vital to make sure everyone can access your website. This can benefit your business as it ensures that people will visit your website and potentially be able to buy your product or service despite their limitations.

There are many disabilities that can affect how a person uses a website. For example—if they have incapacities that hinder their vision—it might be difficult for them to see the content on your page unless you are following accessibility best. They may also have difficulty with hearing, which means you have to think about using captions for any videos or audio that you have posted.

On the other hand, there may be those with disabilities that benefit from having audio files as they might be unable to read the text. You will likely need to make accommodations on your webpage due to accommodate accessibility standards. By following these best practices, you put your business in line with competitors who are already making it easy for visitors, despite their limitations, to understand the content on their webpage.

Here is the information you need as well as the best practices to follow to ensure your website is compliant with the accessibility laws that govern the internet.

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