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More On Drupal - OSU Spring Training 2010

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More On Drupal - OSU Spring Training 2010

  1. 1. More on Drupal <ul><li>Spring Training </li></ul><ul><li>April 15, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda : Website Best Practices Changes in Web Usage Next Steps in Development Opportunities for Training
  3. 3. Website Best Practices : Three Cornerstones of Good Design Usability Readability Accessibility
  4. 4. Usability : Achieving Your Goals What does your audience need? How can you best organize content? Does navigation reflect your organization? Is the content readable?
  5. 5. What does your audience need : Providing a good user experience Respect your visitors Inform and teach your visitors Develop your own style Respect the standards
  6. 6. Organize content : Thinking non-linearly Instead of Narrative Order Or Logical Arguments Use Categorical Organization
  7. 7. Navigation : Visitors never get lost Consistent look and feel across the site Redundant navigation Minimize the layers User hypertext links Remember three-click rule
  8. 8. Readability : You do the hard work Be succinct Write for scannability Get your readers hooked User hypertext links
  9. 9. Be succinct : The hardest work Write 50% less than you would on paper Keep scrolling to a minimum Stay focused Cut out non-essential information
  10. 10. Write for Scannability : Hard work, but crucial Make words stand out Use various levels of headlines Use meaningful headlines Use bulleted lists One idea per paragraph Write according to the inverse pyramid
  11. 11. Hooking your readers : Fun Work <ul><li>Make the most of titles and headings : </li></ul><ul><li>Use action verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Be playful and and clever </li></ul><ul><li>Be descriptive </li></ul><ul><li>Make hypertext links descriptive, too </li></ul>
  12. 12. Accessibility : Make all visitors feel welcome Include people with disabilities Other users can benefit, too Visually impaired does not mean blind
  13. 13. Accessibility Guidelines : More than color is needed to mark content Give warning before the unexpected happens
  14. 14. Image Accessibility : At a minimum, include an “alt attribute” Images with extensive information deserve a long description attribute Keep images small to speed download time
  15. 15. Web 2.0 : A new way to deliver content Information sharing Interoperability User-centered design Collaboration
  16. 16. Next Steps : What’s next with Drupal Drupal 6 Upgrades User Interface Enhancements New Tools and Options
  17. 17. Questions? Don’t be shy EESC Website http://extension.oregonstate.edu /eesc/ EESC WebHelp website http://extension.oregonstate.edu /webhelp/ Contact Us Lani Jo Leigh - ljl [email_address] Bryan Mayjor - bryan.mayjor@oregonstate.edu

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