Test case – Inuit Heritage
The Inuit Heritage Trust is an organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Inuit culture. Their web site features basic information on the group, details of important legislation, and summaries of ongoing projects. This site was re-designed as part of the Museums on the Web 2005 conference.
Original Web Site
The original web site was rather typical of web design, circa 2000. It used tables to layout the basic format, non-semantic markup of content, non-optimized images, and did not pass the WAI requirements for accessibility. The pages downloaded in around 30 seconds, depending on the amount of content.
The site’s style was static. There were no elements to signify where the visitor was in the site flow. There also was no visual separation between the various language options. The layout was rather simple, with a header image, left side navigation, body section, and footer details.
Figure 1 Original IHT design (04-2005)
This site didn’t need significant work. The architecture is simple, there are no forms, and the content is basic. The finished site should load quicker, pass WAI AAA accessibility requirements, let the visitor know what page they are at, have semantic coding of content, and be XHTML Transitional 1.0 valid.
Figure 2 Re-designed version of the IHT web site (04-2005)
Continue to Part 2 – Structure and Content