ERIC Number: ED452853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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The User Interface: Glitz versus Content.
This survey examined the home pages of 36 Australian university library World Wide Web sites. Reports were run on these pages, using a service that checks the HTML for validity and reports errors, a service that checks usability by the visually disabled, and a program that checks the HTML, corrects and reports errors, and improves efficiency style specifications. The following data were extracted: the size in bytes of each report and the source; the number of errors encountered; the download time for the page; and the total size of the page and associated graphics. A table presents numeric results, and findings are reported related to use of graphics, download times, quality of HTML, frames, scripting, metatagging, and disability testing. Problems with the Web sites are summarized. The paper also provides a list of what to avoid in Web site design in general and specifically for library Web sites. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces, Design Preferences, Disabilities, Electronic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Library Surveys, Problems, User Needs (Information), World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.alia.org.au/conferences/alia2000/proceedings/tony .barry.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia