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This online version of the book 'Web Style Guide' provides readers with a broad framework for understanding the principles of web design. The book teaches the fundamentals of web design, ranging from interaction design to typography, as well as some newer design considerations and technologies such as web site accessibility, Cascading Style Sheets, and flexible page design. The book also features ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Technology
 
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This section of the book 'Web Style Guide' examines how best to use multimedia on the web beyond simply translating text or analog video and audio content to a computer screen. This site provides guidance and tips on how to successfully use audio, video, slides, and animation on the Internet by tailoring the material for Web delivery. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Technology
 
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This short article discusses the advantages of using low-end media graphics in website design. The article proposes the benefits of low-end media, such as simple text and photos, versus high-end media, like waving banners, audio and video components. These issues are examined from both a usability and technological perspective. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Technology
 
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This site provides an initial introduction for people new to Web accessibility. It features topics such as why web accessibility is needed, what makes a website accessible, resources for building accessible sites, and tools for evaluating the accessibility of sites. It also includes links to additional resources including accessibility guidelines, techniques, and training resources. Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Technology
 
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These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. They are intended for use by all Web content developers as well as developers of authoring tools. This site also features a separate document about design techniques which explains how to implement the principles and ideas defined by the guidelines. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Technology
 
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This short overview provides tips and guidelines for website interface usability. Usability is a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces on websites are to use. This is defined by the concepts of learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, satisfaction, and utility. The word "usability" also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process. This site also ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Technology
 
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This is the homepage of web usability consultant Steve Krug. The site provides an overview of his services as an interface design and usability reviewer of both existing sites and works-in-progress. The site also features online and audio interviews with Mr. Krug, information about his international usability workshops, access to purchasing his web usability book, and a mailing list. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Email lists
Subject: Technology
 
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The Web Design Guide offers a number of brief tutorials about the necessary design elements for creating an effective website. Tutorials cover such topics as design, speed, content, style, navigation, and more. For example, the design tutorial discusses how the critical elements of audience targeting, download speed, and presentation style affect the usability of a web page. This site also features ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Ask an expert
Subject: Technology
 
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VPython is an extension of python, a powerful cross-platform object-oriented general-purpose programming language that is ideal for prototype development and ad-hoc programming tasks. Python itself does not provide graphics output so a 3D graphics module called Visual was created, hence VPython. VPython allows easy creation of 3D objects that can be viewed as perspective renderings, red-cyan stereo ... Full description.
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Subject: Technology
 
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Ecoinformatics.org is an open, voluntary collaboration of developers and researchers that aims to produce software, systems, publications, and services that are beneficial to the ecological and environmental sciences. Sub-projects are created and supported by ecoinformatics.org in order to build an active community that is developing informatics solutions for the ecological and environmental sciences. ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Software
Subject: Ecology, Technology
 
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