Major Usability Improvements to Viewing CWE Content Underway

CWE Program
2 min readJun 10, 2024

The Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE™) Program is currently in the process of making changes to the presentation of CWE entries and have prepared a set of usability mockups as a preview for the community.

Please note that the content within these mockups is still actively being worked on, so we are not seeking detailed feedback on this aspect at this stage. However, we would appreciate your thoughts on the proposed layout and design elements, as well as the overall user experience.

We are inviting you to provide your feedback early in our working process so that we can incorporate your valuable insights and suggestions. The changes we are proposing are focused on presenting important and concise text first for easy digestion by the reader.

To give you a better idea of our proposed changes, here are a couple of points that we are considering:

* Concise summary of the weakness with a visual aid
* A slight reordering of elements to be: “Alternate Terms,” “Consequences,” then “Mitigations”
* Remaining elements would then follow

You can view a before (on the left) and after (on the right) example of the CWE entry page usability improvements below:

Before image of the current webpage for https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/89.html on the left in comparison to proposed usability improvements of the same webpage on the right with an easier-to-understand presentation of the basic content included in the entry along with a visual representation of the weakness.
These images show only the tops of the CWE Entry page, using CWE-89 as the example. Sections of the entry that are not shown above will continue to be included on the entry page but are omitted here for brevity.

Please comment here on Medium or send your comments to us directly at cwe@mitre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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