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					              Web design
• Most digitisation projects are made
  available through Websites
• Effective Access depends on good web
  design
• Identify users and their information needs
• Design site around users information needs
                     Layout
•   Consistent page layout
•   Use templates
•   Break large pages into screen sized pages
•   Reading on screen:
    – 20-30% slower on screen than in print
    – Users scan rather than read
• Use hypertext links to documents rather
  than duplicate information
                Navigation
•   Navigation menu on every page
•   Menus: no more than seven choices
•   Get to any point within three links
•   Site map
•   Provide both browsing and searching
                      Images
• Keep image files small
• Images should be less than 100Kb unless intended
  for high resolution, high bandwidth
• Use “thumbnails” - small images that link to larger
  images
• Provide alternate text <alt=“image of title page”>
• Images should enhance information rather than
  distract from it
   – Avoid background images and colours that obscure text
   – Avoid animation, blinking
                     Links
• Give information about where the link is
  leading, e.g. short description, warning of
  large file.
• Use meaningful words for link e.g.
  – “Here is the link to the Digital Library”, not
    “click here for Digital Library”
• Don’t underline text unless it is a link
                  Metadata
• Use meaningful terms in:
  – <title>
  – <meta> tags
• Standard metadata schema: DC, TEI, EAD
  etc.
• Identify site maintainer
• Provide date of last update
                Standards
• Use standard HTML coding
• Test page using different hardware and
  software

				
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