"Designing for the web" revisited: A survey of informal and experienced web developers

Mary Beth Rosson, Julie F. Ballin, Jochen Rode, Brooke Toward

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We report a subset of findings from a survey of over 300 web developers - a mixture of professional and more casual developers - targeted at understanding the needs, problems and the processes that developers follow and the tools they use. The prototypical web developer from our sample is meticulous about the quality of the web sites she produces, considers usability issues but neglects accessibility concerns. Web developers have many similar interests regarding web applications or features such as authentication, databases, online surveys or forms. They value ease of use as the most important property of a web development tool but mention many other needs such as integration with other tools, strong code editing features, or WYSIWYG facilities. This report details findings regarding process, tools, quality control, and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-532
Number of pages11
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
StatePublished - 2005
Event5th International Conference on Web Engineering, ICWE 2005 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Jul 27 2005Jul 29 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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