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BBC's 15 web principles

Stuff I found today: this blog post, by Tom Loosemore: The BBC’s 15 web principles.

The blog was posted in 2007, and the interesting question becomes: how well have we done since? Are we still abiding by these guidelines today?

###1. Build web products that meet audience needs: Anticipate needs not yet fully articulated by audiences, then meet them with products that set new standards. (nicked from Google)

###2. The very best websites do one thing really, really well: Do less, but execute perfectly. (again, nicked from Google, with a tip of the hat to Jason Fried)

###3. Do not attempt to do everything yourselves: Link to other high-quality sites instead. Your users will thank you. Use other people’s content and tools to enhance your site, and vice versa.

###4. Fall forward, fast: Make many small bets, iterate wildly, back successes, kill failures, fast.

###5. Treat the entire web as a creative canvas: Don’t restrict your creativity to your own site.

###6. The web is a conversation. Join in: Adopt a relaxed, conversational tone. Admit your mistakes.

###7. Any website is only as good as its worst page: Ensure best practice editorial processes are adopted and adhered to.

###8. Make sure all your content can be linked to, forever.

###9. Remember your granny won’t ever use “Second Life”: She may come online soon, with very different needs from early-adopters.

###10. Maximise routes to content: Develop as many aggregations of content about people, places, topics, channels, networks & time as possible. Optimise your site to rank high in Google.

###11. Consistent design and navigation needn’t mean one-size-fits-all: Users should always know they’re on one of your websites, even if they all look very different. Most importantly of all, they know they won’t ever get lost.

###12. Accessibility is not an optional extra: Sites designed that way from the ground up work better for all users

###13. Let people paste your content on the walls of their virtual homes: Encourage users to take nuggets of content away with them, with links back to your site

###14. Link to discussions on the web, don’t host them: Only host web-based discussions where there is a clear rationale

###15. Personalisation should be unobtrusive, elegant and transparent: After all, it’s your users’ data. Best respect it.