Emergency Fixes for Library Web Sites (OPLIN)

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  • Emergency Fixes for Library Web Sites (OPLIN)

    1. 1. Emergency Treatments for Library Web Sites Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address]
    2. 2. Main categories of issues: <ul><li>Layout </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Problems with Layout </li></ul>
    4. 4. Too cluttered and busy
    5. 5. Frames are EVIL
    6. 6. Horizontal scrolling…just say “no.”
    7. 7. Other layout issues <ul><li>Lack of consistent design </li></ul><ul><li>White space is not evil </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Text-related Problems </li></ul>
    9. 9. Typography problems <ul><li>Too many fonts used on the site </li></ul><ul><li>Too many colors on the page </li></ul><ul><li>Using serif fonts for the majority of text </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate font use </li></ul>
    10. 11. The quickest way to say “1998”
    11. 12. Contrast is vital
    12. 13. Watch the “welcomes”
    13. 15. Calm down
    14. 16. People don’t read
    15. 17. Other text-related issues <ul><li>Acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Library jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a tagline </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling errors </li></ul>
    16. 18. <ul><li>Navigational Problems </li></ul>
    17. 19. Welcome to our web site!! CLICK TO ENTER!
    18. 20. Clue in your users <ul><li>Visited </li></ul><ul><li>Unvisited </li></ul>
    19. 21. Where do I start?
    20. 22. Drop-down, fly-out menus…CAUTION
    21. 23. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs
    22. 24. Other navigational issues <ul><li>Not labeling PDF links </li></ul><ul><li>Not using conventional pages & labels </li></ul><ul><li>Not linking lists </li></ul><ul><li>Using images instead of text </li></ul><ul><li>Logo doesn’t link home </li></ul>
    23. 25. <ul><li>Problems with Images </li></ul>
    24. 26. Textured/tiled backgrounds
    25. 29. WHAT are they really advertising?
    26. 30. Just say “no”
    27. 31. Logo overload
    28. 32. Ditch blue borders
    29. 33. Does each graphic earn its keep?
    30. 34. Know what graphics mean
    31. 35. Learn to pick and choose
    32. 36. Make sure your graphics are <ul><li>OPTIMIZED </li></ul>
    33. 37. <ul><li>Other Problems </li></ul>
    34. 38. Move the mission… … But remember the mission.
    35. 39. Stop counting publicly
    36. 40. Titles matter
    37. 41. Browser shouldn’t matter
    38. 42. Don’t limit your visitors
    39. 43. Web sites are not movies
    40. 44. Address/phone…?
    41. 45. Other “other” issues <ul><li>Flash and/or music </li></ul><ul><li>FAQs that really aren’t </li></ul><ul><li>Not telling users why to perform a task </li></ul>
    42. 46. Another 2-Minute Offense (or two)

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