This Stuff Matters.
It meant the world to be able to work on a library website. Because libraries CARE about getting the word out to everyone.
The New Library Web Site is up and running as of January 2014. Here is the link to the new website for Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. It took close to three years to develop. I could not have worked with better people; Dean Carol Hixson, Dr. Casey Frechette, Mr. Berrie Watson, Tina Neville, and Deb Henry. An extraordinary group of people, both in terms of technical expertise, and simply, great as human beings.
Maps are a great asset to most of us, but they offer a special challenge in accessibility. To see an example of an accessible map, click the link below. It will open into a new window.
Not everyone speaks English.
Dr. Frechette had organized data into a grid-like structure. In order to help the teams visualize the site with the grid system, I set up a small website so that the design team could understand the structure as it related to one of the early goals of the website (incorporate a carousel and have it feature prominently in the site).
Each of us on the site architecture team found ourselves developing or customizing plugins and scripts in order target certain areas for testing. Dr. Frechette was drop-dead amazing in his customizations of certain plugins, as was Mr. Watson in his customization of mail-to scripts.
Theme work requires multiple iterations as development keeps pace with developments in the major platform itself. A significant amount of time is dedicated simply to keeping current, lest deprecated code freeze up the new site.
This site had a Google Map embedded within the navigation. We learned later that the content of Google Maps was not accessible to assistive technology, and started to investigate other possibilities for maps.
This site had a map with wireless hotspots that became visible when a mouse was run over the map. This was in the days before we understood that websites that rely on mouse functions are not accessible websites.
The first site was static, so when it came to integrating interactive media and dynamic content, there was a heavy reliance on iframes. Iframes can be used to advantage, but must be used with caution, as they present great problems to those who use assistive technology to access a site.
We coordinated with the developers at the Florida branch of Ask-A-Librarian.org to develop custom widgets for the library. The QR codes in the widgets are functional.