MAILED: May 15, 2000
A new look for the UW-Eau Claire Web site's home pages is coming soon. The campus community will have a chance to preview the prototype later this summer and during the first weeks of the fall semester. The new look is expected to go live by the end of September.
The proposed look is clean and attractive, utilizing design elements common to the university's "family" of printed publications including the University Catalogue, Viewbook, Eau Claire Advantage brochures, and others. The new university wordmark and return icon will be among graphics common to all levels, and photos will be used as much as possible.
The top-level pages will be aimed at getting users to the information they are seeking as quickly and efficiently as possible. The categories, which relate directly to the campus and its mission, will be combined, renamed and reorganized.
The secondary categories, which contain information hit so frequently as to merit their own focus, are proposed to include an Internet search button, directories (formerly People) and a calendar of events, which will feature a database look-up.
"We know people need to find these very quickly," says Web Coordinator Lillian Hillis. "The questions I'm most frequently asked are about finding people and finding out about events. The Internet search site is one of the most frequently hit pages."
The navigation friendliness of the proposed site will be further enhanced by a "Find it Fast" section, which will be on the home page and each of the category pages. This new section will give people several ways to locate pages, including a "Search This Site" look-up field, a list of hot links and A-Z lists.
Hillis said the hot links include sites that are asked about frequently and have global appeal. The A-Z list lets users go immediately to the target letter in the list page to find a cross-referenced list of all sites on the site.
Also new will be a series of graphic images, which have been developed for Web publishers to facilitate the usage of the new graphic standards introduced earlier this year for printed publications. These can be found on the UW-Eau Claire Web Graphics page linked from the Web Development Tools site. There are eight versions of the wordmark, the excellence seal and a new return icon. Web publishers are encouraged to use the new Web graphics as soon as possible, as they will complement the prototype design.
The site renovation is a cooperative project by staff from Computing and Networking Services, Publications Office, News Bureau and Admissions Office.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 15, 2000