- Provide advance notice to the users on the quantity of data that will be downloaded, as a
- Preventive measure.
- Allow users to wait to download the file over a low-speed or mobile connection.
- Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.
At the very least, provide a help page indicating the average or maximum size for all of the files available.
Better, indicate the size for each file download link.
Find out more:
For each download link, check that it is possible to know the size:
- By generic information given in a help page;
- By information next to the link: paragraph or
lilisting element where it is included, title of the preceding section, header cell of the table associated with the relevant table;
- By the
titleattribute of the link containing and completing its caption;
- Or by information given in the link wording.
Overview and background
The 240 Opquast rules are defined and agreed upon by an extensive community of web professionals and academics. These web quality assurance guidance rules started as a list of best practices 20 years ago. They have since been revised every five years and have been tried and tested via millions of web interactions by Opquast community’s customers, including the leading CMS communities which have developed plugins for WordPress, Drupal and Prestashop. The most recent version, v4, was established in 2020.
Each rule has individual technical sheets and the rules can be searched by project phase or various topics: e-commerce, data-privacy, internationalization, security, code, etc, or by themes: accessibility, SEO, mobile, privacy, and ecodesign. The complete checklist is available on a creative commons license BY-SA.
To learn more about the Opquast approach, read this article published at Smashing Magazine
Broad application and benefits
The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.
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