Website design

I have been asked to develop some business requirements/specifications for a CMS/website (in most likely sharepoint) that focus on health and safety issues.

What should I include?

Reduce number of clicks

Minimise scrolling?

Colours for colour blindness?

Screen glare?

I am at a loss for ideas.

Any help would be great.
Andross9Asked:
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello,

that's quite a broad topic, and not very specific to SharePoint.

In general, we cannot tell you what your business requires. You will need to consult with your principals as to what their requirements are. Only your customer can tell you what they want. We can't.

cheers, teylyn
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Andross9Author Commented:
Thanks Teylyn

My brief is to minimise wrist and eye iinjury from the CMS/website use - I have looked at 20 plus similar specifications but none have a single OH&S requirement.
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
If you are going to use Sharepoint or any other off the shelf solution.  You are going to be limited to what they have to offer... not what they promise or what they try to sell you on in promo material.  Make sure you understand the limits of whatever product you choose because that will be the primary constraint on requirements.

The most critical decision for this type of thing is the selection of a standard.  CSS3 and XHTML 1 strict are the standards you should be looking to follow and if you stay 100% compliant to those standards you are well on the way to being highly accessible, and your usability will be very high.

Keeping the number of clicks low and reducing scrolling conflict with each other.  You reduce scrolling by keep page content to a lower volume, but that means your user have to click more frequently to change pages.  The compromise is to keep pages clean.  You don't need a lot of special effects and graphics that have no purpose other than cosmetics using up screen space.

High contrast is essential black on white is best for text. Yellow on dark blue works as does white on navy.  A couple of real NOs; never under any circumstances set absolute values for font size;  leave it to the user to set fonsize.  The same goes for the font itself.  Leave the user to whatever fonts they prefer.  Use semantic tagging to make it easier for screen readers, an don't put animations on the screen.  Where images are used insure that both the alt and title attributes content real information about the image.

There is a lot more... enough to fill a book, but that should at least give you a start.


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Andross9Author Commented:
thanks very much

is there a reference that I could go to to read more?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
On health and safety issues I am not much of an expert.  But I am knowledgeable about accessibility on the web.  So I can't help much with Health and safety content, but I think what you are looking for is help to develop a site based on principles that are not in conflict with the health and safety theme and purpose of the site.  So what I can advise as a starting point is http://www.w3.org/WAI/.

This is the organization that sets and maintains standards that pertain to the internet.  Some of the stuff is a little dry and more technical than it needs to be, but this is an authoritative source for thing that are web related and you will pick up at lot of direction, ideas and sources of information there.

Hope that helps.


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