Volume 20, Number 4 April 2000
Designing a Web-based desktop that's easy to navigate
Can't seem to find what you need on the market? Do it yourself! See
how these library Web heads designed their own interface
by Eric Rogers
Discusses how the staff at Kansas City Public Library of Kansas
City, MO developed a Web-based computer desktop to address
challenges in the delivery of computer services to customers. Notes
that through extensive planning, creative problem solving, and
multiple stages, a solution was implemented that addressed existing
problems and provided a flexible future platform. Says that the
decision was made to create a new Web-based desktop utilizing
Internet Explorer 5's kiosk mode to provide a unified interface;
to hide the Windows desktop from the end-user; to allow for
consistent branding across all library print and electronic
materials; and to provide a flexible architecture for future
updates. Describes how the plan was created and the prototype
was developed, the rollout and feedback processes, and the design of
a children's version of the interface.
Contains four screen displays, one code listing, and one sidebar.
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