THE FOOTER'S THE MENU

If you've ever created (or tried, as may have been the case) drop-down or fly-out menus you've realized "hiding" the content and formatting of them can either require many lines of HTML coding and/or a quick lesson in Java Script. Neither of these solutions are perfect; one group suffers reduced usability, or another user group suffers reduced accessibility. If only there were a third way.

There is - the footer's the menu.

In a James Edwards blog article on sitepoint, the point is made of "cloning" a corresponding section of links from the footer menu.

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COLLEGE STUDENTS ON THE WEB

Needless to say, college students are an important audience for most University websites. They are an online generation spending large amounts of time on the web.

Observational research conducted in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States refuted three of the most prevailing claims about student use of the Internet: students are technology wizards; students crave multimedia and fancy design; and students are enraptured by social networking.

Jakob Neilsen, in his monthly AlertBox newsletter, goes into some detail to explain those myths, and the difference in appealing to teenagers rather than college students - their play vs. work, reading and skepticism habits.

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PHOTOS AS WEB CONTENT

Eyetracking studies from early 2010 conducted by the Neilsen Norman Group document that some types of pictures are completely ignored while others are treated as important content. In one case the user spent 10% more time viewing the portrait photos of a company's employees than reading their biographies, even though the bios consumed 316% more space.

The key point is that these are real people who actually work at the company. In contrast, users tend to ignore stock photos of "generic people."

Bottom line - users pay attention to information-carrying images that show content that's relevant to the task at hand, while ignoring purely decorative images that don't add real content to the page.

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QUICK TIPS

ENABLE HTML 5 IN PREVIOUS INTERNET EXLPLORERS

MICROSOFT'S IE LOSES LARGEST SHARE IN TWO YEARS


SITES REVIEWED

Graduate School - www.research.uky.edu/gs/
Undergraduate Research - www.uky.edu/UGResearch/


CONFERENCES

FETC (Florida Educators Technology Conference) - Jan. 31-Feb.3, Orlando - http://fetc.org/Events/2011-Conference/Home.aspx
An Event Apart - March 28-20, Seattle - http://aneventapart.com/2011/seattle/
Web 2.0 Expo - March 28-31, San Francisco - www.web2expo.com/webexsf2011
Where 2.0 Conference - April 19-21, Santa Clara, CA - http://where2conf.com/where2011


WEB RESOURCES @ UK

Web Publishers Listserv
(must be a subscriber)

Web Publishers Announcement Listserv
(must be a subscriber)

Web Policy

Web Standards

Graphic Standards Manual

UK'S Social Media Approval Policy (contact Julia Meador)

Templates For UK Websites - user name: - cornett; pw - previewyoursite
HTML version <> PHP version

Provider's Information

Copyright & Fair Use

HR T&D Technology Training

e-Training catalog

Merchant Card Transactions
(Kevin Sisler, 7-7356. Merchant Card Service Director, Purchasing)

UK Netmanager

CSS Users Group

National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI)