Faculty of Informatics
University of Ulster, Magee College
Northland Road, Londonderry, Co. Londonderry
BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland
In preparing for this periodic examination of this web site and its
compliance with the
original mission statement, I revisited both this web site, and the
web sites of a few of my classmates. I was initially struck by the amount
of work apparent in the sites of the full-time students. The web sites
of part-time students (like myself) will not be as fully developed until
next academic year. Nevertheless, the following is an evaluation of the
web site to date in the light of the original mission statement.
|Web Site Description
This web site will provide information using the following 3 categories;
The web site does currently have this categorisation of "Family", "Work"
and "Music" in a simple pictorial image map on the initial HTML page.
|The “Work” category will have the following sub categories;
When the "Work" category image is chosen from the initial HTML page,
the sub categories listed above are then listed in a simple list with links
to the appropriate pages.
|The “MSc Computing and Design” sub category will be further categorised under the headings of course modules and projects.|
I think this is where the layout of the site is particularly clear.
Rather than traversing through layers of semesters and modules before seeing
project material, all project material is linked from a single HTML page.
This page uses indentation and bullets to differentiate modules and projects.
Most project material is only 3 "clicks" away from the initial web site
HTML page, and only 1 "click" from the "MSc Computing and Design" page.
|Those expected to use the web site include;
At the moment, the site would be viewed primarily by staff and students
associated with the PgDip/MSc Computing and Design course. The web site
will eventually allow me to bring together information about my work, music
and family interests in an integrated way. I have a lot of work to do in
transferring information which is in other places to the site.
Some of the particular design objectives to be pursued include;
The pages of the web site are generally tidy and easy to read. Much use is made of plain legible HTML. The pages are relatively consistent stylistically, although there is not as rigid an enforcement of " house style" as I would like. In the future I hope to use cascading style sheets or the CSS-like function within NetObjects Fusion to ensure stylistic consistency while maintaining flexibility.
Care has been taken with spelling and punctuation. The spelling and
grammar checking functions in Word, and the spelling checking function
in Netscape Composer have been used on most documents.
There are not really enough pages at this point to sufficiently critique the relational placement of page, but to date, placement is relatively logical and intuitive. The predominant use of HTML ensures that most pages are printable. Most pages have been constructed with the possibility of printing in mind.
There is currently not much in the way of external links and hypertextual
depth. It is hoped that this will be further developed next academic year.
Most pages contain information regarding the author and the date of last revision. Many pages also contain more detailed contact information ( e-mail "mailto:", postal address and photograph with hypertextual links).
A lot of effort has been made to try to keep the addressing throughout the web site relative where possible. This is crucial in maintaining the portability of the site. One difficulty in the regard is the feature in Netscape Composer which substitutes absolute addresses for relative addresses upon saving pages. When using Netscape Composer it has been necessary to re-edit pages using a simple text editor.
In conclusion, the initial mission statement for the web site was fairly tightly specified, and is being met in most respects - the most notable exception being that of inter operability.