Hi all, As you may or may not have seen, I have put in place an alternate user interface for the php community on osoa.org (see the current breaking news section) with the intention of making the site more organised and accessible to users (especially newcomers). Being a newcomer myself, I was given the task of evaluating the current setup focusing mainly on layout and content from a new user perspective.
Here are some of the points I thought are worth highlighting: - Firstly, the homepage is too long and cluttered. This made it difficult to differentiate between the different sections provided thus failing to entice me into further reading. - The left hand side menu panel was very useful in providing shortcuts to certain sections and should be maintained for frequent users. However a search function would be useful for less frequent users who may not know where a certain page is situated. - A lot of the content was concise and to the point and with the use of diagrams, helped me grasp a better understanding of the technology. However, some of the longer documents could do with a contents section to provide speedy access to relevant parts whilst providing an overview of what is to be covered. - Although there are some technical FAQs for both SDO and SCA, there weren't any general FAQs providing answers to broader questions about the technology and the community. - A glossary of terms would also be helpful for those people who view the site for the first time because I ended up having to google plenty of acronyms and other terms. - Although I liked the concise information on the technologies, there needs to be a balance on how much information to provide. For example the SCA for PHP page contains a very small explanation about the SCA technology whilst the SDO for PHP page contains a larger amount information on SDO which was much more suitable and informative. The new alternative user interface I have provided on the wiki takes some of these points into account, especially in terms of the layout as I am no expert on the technology so I haven't been able to provide changes to the content as such. Changes to content can be made later after people's initial thoughts are heard about the new interface. The actual user interface itself is inspired by www.projectzero.org which provides a clean interface its users. Although we are limited by the capabilities of the wiki, similar effects can be achieved providing a suitable and usable interface for all users. I have organised the content into 3 sections; Getting Started, Learn More and Community. These are intended to entice people into further reading and give the site a bit more structure. Obviously, frequent users may not want to navigate through these sections everytime they want to access a page so the left hand side menu remains present (although some changes could be made to it) and a search function is provided. Content boxes containing links to sections within a page have been added to provide easier navigation requiring less scrolling of pages. Anyway, its up there on the site now and your thoughts are more than welcome. The idea is on improving the site for all users so constructive criticism is encouraged! Tom --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "phpsoa" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.co.uk/group/phpsoa?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---