International Standards

There are several useful international standards on UX-related topics.

Why are standards important?

Standards are a formal agreement on a specific, detailed topic. They allow us to codify best practices or a set of requirements, and share them across industries, national boundaries and disciplines.

Some standards focus on processes, describing principles and making recommendations for how to achieve a results. Others are detailed specifications, and contain requirements that must be met. Both are useful in establishing a user-centered design process or in evaluating the usability of a product.

Getting copies of standards

Standards are generally sold by the organizations that publish them, or by a national standards organization.

The easiest way to locate a standards document is to look it up by number (for example, ISO 13407).

Some sources of standards: