Archive for the ‘usability’ Category

Update: Google DC

November 7, 2007

Google DC

Kudos to DC Government Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra. I gave him a hard time just because the “Search” function on the District’s web page was hidden, marked “Please login or register.” Right when the Mayor announced a new partnership with Google to operate that search function, too.

Now there is a nice inviting “What can we help you find?right above the box, and a big “GO” next to it. Good job.


Google DC. Step One: Find Google.

September 28, 2007

Search for SEARCH on the DC web page

DC Government is so proud of its new partnership with Google to operate the search function of the District’s web page. Of course, you have to find the search function first. It is hidden somewhere on the page, unlabeled.  

At least there isn’t advertising on the search function, like there is on DCPS web page search results. Are those ads legal, ethical, or good policy? 

Anyway, DC Government is also proud of the many award-winning functions on its web site, and has piled award-winning function on top of award-winning function until the site is close to unusable – one more award-winning function should do it. 

Message to Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra: Get help. There is a Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland. Use it.

It’s either that or Vincent Flanders’  Don’t make me do it.