Volume 17, Number 2 February 2000
Designing the perfect information portal
Pros need a reliable, honest, and user-friendly information service
by Barbara Quint
QUINT'S ONLINE column lays out the design and features and figures
out how to fund a portal for information professionals. Presents
design rules, including: build a portal that works as comfortably
and as effortlessly as possible; move the mountain (of data), not
Mohammed, which means the site should offer layers of approaches
based on user experience, field of interest, and vendor resources;
and feedback, which says the site should bubble and boil with
communication, and surveys should constitute a major activity. Says
the extensive design work will not stop the day the portal launched,
since it will require extensive ongoing effort to maintain quality.
Explains why charging the users for using does not work on the Web.
Says vendors, advertisers, and sponsors will pay for all this. Hopes
the designers devote as much care and consideration in designing
advertiser-related presentations as they do designing content.
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