If you learned typing on a typewriter, you were taught to double space after a period. This was because typewriters used mono-spaced fonts like Courier with each letter and punctuation symbol the same width, meaning periods could be hard to distinguish… Continue reading
Tag Archives: User experience
Changes to the website happen all the time, but when moving a page from one directory to another or deleting a page altogether, you’ll want to know what other pages link to it, so you can be sure those link either continue to work, or are removed so th… Continue reading
New content continues to be added to the website. Recently completed sections include copyright and spaces. In addition to our existing style guide, a few additional principle are guiding how new content is put together and presented to the public. Continue reading
One of the most common tenets for creating library websites is to avoid library jargon. I’m not sure I agree with this completely; after all, no chemistry instructor would say his students would learn more if he avoided technical chemistry terms. Still, we can lessen confusion by using more common terminology when ever possible.
We know users get overwhelmed by the number of links on our home page, so we’re always looking for links we can eliminate. Based on the usage of these links (Library quick links usage (PDF | 1MB)
), we’ll be dropping four (and maybe five) of the current links before the fall semester.
We can learn a lot about how students use our online resources through Google Analytics. While not as precise as an observation group, nevertheless, we can see trends, common approaches to tasks, and typical workflows followed. Continue reading
The Journals search tab will disappear after May 31, 2013. Several factors went into the decision to remove it. Continue reading
An excellent (and surprisingly brief) resource on web usability is Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. It offers great suggestion on designing labels and headings, layout choices, and basic content to account for how people really use and read web pages. It has directly influenced choices made on our web pages.
Librarians in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program have out together and excellent and comprehensive list of library website usability guidelines. I recommend anyone who creates web content for the library, whether in Ensemble, WordPress, or another system, … Continue reading
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Acts, and university policy require our web pages to be accessible to users with visual, auditory, or mobility disabilities. Ensemble has features to help ensure accessibility, such… Continue reading