[LINK] Designing an influenza pandemic web site for Australia
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat May 2 09:36:29 AEST 2009
I have set students of "Networked Information Systems"
(COMP2410/6340) at the ANU the task to design a influenza pandemic
web site for the Australian public. As I have been teaching them to
design emergency web sites, this seemed a timely topic. There is an
excerpt from the assignment question appended, and a longer version
with links, on my blog at:
Australian National University - Department of Computer Science
Networked Information Systems - COMP2410/6340
Assignment 2 - Website Accessibility
On 29 April 2009 the Director-General of the World Health
Organization (WHO), raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from
phase 4 to phase 5. All countries were advised to immediately
activate their pandemic preparedness plans to combat Swine influenza.
In this assignment you will examine web sites used for providing
advice to the public about influenza and design a prototype web site
using the techniques learnt in the course. ...
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) has
provided a web page with links to detailed information about Swine
Influenza Outbreaks. However, that information may be difficult to
understand for the average member of the general public. Imagine you
work for the Australian Government and your task is to design an
easier to read web site based on the DHA page as it was at 30 Apr
2009 07:09:19 GMT.
The web site will need to meet accessibility and mobile device
standards. The web site will be read by large numbers of people at
once and so will need to use the minimum of bandwidth. It will be
read by people under stress and so be easy to read. ...
* CONVERT THE HTML of the content from the existing web page to valid
XHTML Basic 1.1 which achieves at least 80/100 on Mobile OK tests and
passes Level Double A of the W3C - Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) as tested by the TAW (Web Accessibility Test)
* CONVERT ALL PRESENTATION ELEMENTS and in-line styles to appropriate
rules in a new valid external style sheet called access.css
* REMOVE ANY TABLES in the webpages which are not used for displaying
tabular data, and replace them with CSS rules
* REMOVE OR REPLACE EXCESSIVELY LARGE OR IRRELEVANT IMAGES. You are
encouraged to consider the use of Pictograms, as well as links to
audio, video and other multimedia content.
* MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE XHTML CODE which you consider to either:
enhance the accessibility of the page, or improve the compliance of
the page with web standards
* DISCUSS your design decisions in a report
* ESTIMATE THE DOWNLOAD TIME of your page (using the access.css
stylesheet) using a 28.8 kbit/s Iridium satellite modem (as used by
the Australian Department of Defence). Suggest ways in which you
might reduce the download time. These question must be answered in
the form of an additional section in your report.
Your resulting page need not be identical in appearance to the web
pages the source material was prepared from. You need only create the
home page, but can create dummy links to other pages (which you need
not create). The emphasis should be on a simple and efficient design.
The page should be designed to display both on a smart phone and a
desktop computer. Design decisions about the way the page looks must
be discussed in your report. ...
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