All entries for November 2005
November 28, 2005
November 24, 2005
Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/penguin/
Had a meeting today with David to discuss –
- Our timetables and coherently updated timetables for term 2
- Progress, frameworks and coding developments
All things considered, we concluded that we were not far off track with the timetabling, other than my decision to delay determining administrative user needs until January. David and I will be working in parallel from week 1/2 onwards, with the preliminary determination of features to be agreed during the Christmas break.
Following on from David's research into coding frameworks, we have concluded that I will not be directly coding in JSP, but using a level of abstraction called MVC (Model View Controller) which uses tags to undertake most of the display work. In a nutshell, David sees the database and I don't!
Far be it from me to suggest that websites should not be colourful or indeed aesthetically pleasing (or "pretty" if you prefer), but I cannot help but notice the dangers of ignoring colour blindness. Without any wish to continually fault My.WBS, it does bring many design questions to my attention. See the example below:
1. Red on blue is used to show a new message, but to my understanding with such low contrast between the two colours, surely that text may appear near invisible to some users who suffer from colour-blindness?
2. More applicable to users generally, we have brown on brown for previously visited resources. Contrast is low to everyone, making it extremely difficult to read at a distance.
Agreed, colour can be used to help highlight the different types of posting, but it does not need to be the background colour. Options available could simply be a coloured box, or the block to the left (e.g. "13.35 Resources") in the colour.
Again, more things to be wary of in my new portal design!
November 22, 2005
Further to yesterday's arrangement of a room, invitations have been emailed out to all those who showed interest in being part of a focus group on My.WBS in the feedback survey.
The focus group is due to take place Tuesday at 5pm week 10, in E0.23.
Ok, so I'm blogging this a day late… though it is a diary after all!
Met Andrew Martin to discuss the progress with the survey, and also the progress report for next week. Also a day and room have been arranged for the follow up focus group.
Winners of Amazon.co.uk gift vouchers were also drawn by Andrew… now I just need to go and buy them!
November 13, 2005
November 10, 2005
Thanks to a reminder that was posted on My.WBS yesterday, another 30ish people have completed the survey – bringing me to a total of 92 responses.
Quick breakdown by course:
Management – 27
Accounting and Finance – 27
International Business – 8
Computer and Business – 9
Other – 21
I'm impressed with the response.
November 09, 2005
As a user of My.WBS, an extreme example of something which occurs quite often caught my attention – one topic, and six or seven different resources available to download for it…
1. Why couldn't all of those resources have been attached to a single message?
2. Why do you lose sight of the other relevant resources once you have selected one of them? Compare this to say Microsoft Outlook – you can read a message and still see your Inbox.
3. Why do I have to download a Word/Excel document just to find out what group I'm in or the exact wording of an assignment?
These are definite design issues I need to look at – I should be interested to see if there any similar comments made in my survey results.