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September 7, 2001

SVG Delivers XML-Based Vector Graphics to the Web The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has officially adopted Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as a recommendation. SVG is an XML graphics format and is used to improve graphics accessibility and portability. By Janet Daly, World Wide Web Consortium, September 5, 2001.[Refer]

Aspen Click2Learn releases Aspen, a set of integrated online learning applictaions including a content development component and a learning management system. Based on learning objects technology, the suite is IMS and AICC compatible and is designed to be an "out-of-the-box" application for corporate eLearning. Click2Learn also provides a detailed and useful white paper describing the system architecture. For the quick version, read the press release. By , Click2Learn, September 6, 2001.[Refer]

A-Prompt A-Prompt a tool developed to assist Web authors improve the accessibility and usability of HTML documents. It is produced by the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at the University of Toronto and the TRACE Center at the University of Wisconsin. By Chris Ridpath, , July 30, 2001.[Refer]

Usability Design and Testing Good article pointing to the body of research on usability standards - including ISO usability standards - and recommending that designers consult the research as part of their design process; employing testing is useful, but using testing exclusively produces results that are too narrow. Too true. PDF file, 175K. By Avi Parush, Interactions Online, September/October, 2001.[Refer]

Static Pages are Dead: How a Modular Approach is Changing Interaction Design If you look at the home page for Stephen's Web - http://www.downes.ca - you'll see many of the principles from this article in action. The idea is that useful web pages today are constructed from dynamically developed components. Thus, for example, we have article modules, link list modules, form submission modules, and more. This allows not only for dynamic content, it also allows for custom content. An important and useful article for web designers. PDF file, a hefty 293K. By Kate Ehrlich and Austin Henderson, Interactions Online, September/October, 2001.[Refer]

Simulation Levels in Software Training Describes five different levels of simulation in online software training environments, ranging from simple image capture to point-and-click to full simulation. Useful taxonomy. By Anthony Karrer, Alan Laser, and Laura Sund Martin, Learning Circuits, September, 2001.[Refer]

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