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Playing With Marbles (Or Losing Them) :. Configuration and Customisation With the Horizon Information Portal Previously Loved and Known as iPac. Susan Johns-Smith. Pittsburg State University Axe Library Pittsburg, Kansas USA. It’s about as easy as stacking marbles!

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playing with marbles or losing them

Playing With Marbles (Or Losing Them) :

Configuration and Customisation With the Horizon Information Portal

Previously Loved and Known as iPac

susan johns smith

Susan Johns-Smith

Pittsburg State University

Axe Library

Pittsburg, Kansas USA

It’s about as easy as

stacking marbles!

-- Lindon Samford

playing with marbles
Playing With Marbles
  • Standard Customisation and Configuration
  • Customisation for Universal Accessibility
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Standard Customisation - Dynix
  • Dynix Documentation
  • Tech Tips – Both Dynix and Horizon
    • Of 18 published, only 4 published in 2003, 3 of which were specifically for the Horizon database
    • Most are outdated and inaccurate
    • Many appear to be primarily eBuzzes of significance rather than a systematic update of documentation
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Standard Customisation - Dynix
  • Training Guides
  • Webex
    • Used for both iPac formal training and one-on-one sessions
    • Useful for training support personnel who are unfamiliar with the product
  • eBuzzes and eBuzz Archives
  • Good Ideas (being improved??)
  • Resolutions Database
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Standard Customisation - Dynix
  • Within the Dynix corporate site
    • Watch eBuzzes and announcements
    • Check web site frequently
    • Check product pages, support pages, training pages, documentation pages, and archives – information is scattered everywhere
    • Know when information is dated or superceded
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Standard Customisation – Customers
  • The iPac Zone – Seminole County FL
    • Icons
    • Media images
    • Archives
    • JBOSS/Jetty sites
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Standard Customisation – Customers

The iPac Zone

  • XSL Chart - Find out which .xsl file affects which iPac screen.
  • External Search - Create a search form to search iPac from an external site.
  • Font Mapping - Maps which font class formats text on the Search Summary and Full Bib screens.
  • LibraryLookup - Create a Bookmarklet tosearch iPac from any online bookstore.
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Standard Customisation – Customers
  • iPac Listserv – Tampa Bay FL
  • iPac Directory Listing – Pittsburg KS
  • Tutorial Screens - University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
  • Individual E-Mail and Site Examples
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Universal Accessibility
  • Universal Accessibility
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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Universal Accessibility
  • Coding Integrity
  • Magnification
  • Color-Contrast
  • Screen Reading Capabilities
  • Motor Skill Navigation
  • Browser Independence
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Coding Integrity
  • W3C Validator
    • Recommended for HTML 4.0, XHTML 1.0, CSS Level 2, XML 1.0
    • Quality, structure, consistency and reliability of the code
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Coding Integrity
  • Bobby
    • Simple to understand language
    • Three levels of accessibility defined
    • Interpretive nature lends itself to criticism – self policing
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Coding Integrity

“If Bobby is the only test… it is possible to produce a site with accessibility problems… it might be more accurate to say that Bobby can…identify inaccessibility than to verify accessibility…” -- Quinn (2001)

  • Zoomtext
    • Magnification and screen reading
    • Primarily for low-vision users
    • Magnification up to 16X
    • Useful for font, line spacing, and graphic integrity
color contrast
Color Contrast
  • Vischeck Color Simulator
    • Simulates Deuteranope, Protanope, and Tritanope color vision
    • Most useful to determine effective use of contrast
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Screen Reading Capabilities Motor Skill Navigation
  • JAWS for Windows,
    • Braille interface
    • Screen reader with various “modes” and shortcuts
    • Useful for motor skill navigation of links, pull down (combo) and input boxes
browser independence
Browser Independence
  • Browser Testing
    • Amaya
    • Opera
    • Lynx
    • Netscape and Internet Explorer
  • Insist on standards for coding html/xhtml
  • Insist on browser independence
  • Employ accessibility tools vigorously to all pages
  • Avoid use of any italics or thin fonts that disintegrate
  • Watch quality of graphics
  • Watch yellow or pastel fonted words
  • Watch link colors
  • Pay attention to contrast
  • Watch colors matching logos or school colors
  • Watch quality of gifs, jpgs, logos, buttons
  • Test multiple screen readers
  • All are not the same
  • Each can read differently
  • Often have different features, e.g., skip links
  • Many have different shortcuts and functionality
  • Many have different commands to navigate within the reader proper
  • Test readers your users use
  • Do not force the disabled to learn a new reader in order to use your library catalog
  • What’s healthy for the visually impaired is also useful for the palm pilots
  • A good, clean design will withstand any rendering of the product
  • <Tab> through the page
  • <BackTab> through the page
  • Check all pull-down boxes for ability to read and display using <arrows> to ensure all options are visible
  • Check all <submit>, <go>, <send> buttons for ability to activate the desired action, form, or search
  • How do you get from the top to the bottom?
  • How do you get from the bottom to the top?
  • Can you skip over

re-occurring material?

  • Can you fully access the page without a mouse?
  • Test vigorously in-house before live testing with disabled users
  • Test vigorously with disabled users and be ready to make changes and adjustments, not mere lip service
  • Separate accessibility from usability:
  • Usability: analyzing how long it takes you to find a piece of information – how many clicks, where on the page, etc.
  • Accessibility: knowing that information exists, but trying to get at it with your eyes closed and a stick in your mouth
Who speaks, and who is silent while others speak?
  • Whose interests are served when those who can speak, do speak?

--Michael J. Muller, IBM, The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, 2003

Never, ever, apologize for advocating on behalf of those who cannot speak, who cannot see, who cannot hear, or who cannot use their hands to communicate.