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Designing High Fidelity Home Pages (01 Nov 2004)
A high fidelity home page is one that simply and clearly communicates an accurate, complete, and favorable impression of your organization and its products. An effective home page will also display your intimate understanding of, and desire to fully accommodate, the actual needs and interests of users.

The goal of a high fidelity home page is structural clarity accompanied by high usability. "High fidelity" is a term borrowed from the old vinyl phonograph recording industry. The term refers to the extremely faithful reproduction of sound from studio musicians to vinyl record and ultimately to the listenerís ears, with a minimum of distortion or undesirable noise.

This concept transfers nicely to the communication goals of Web sites. Here are seven principles for constructing a high fidelity home page, along with Web sites that do a fairly good job of exemplifying these points.
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