March 25th, 2005

General Usability Updates

LuxSci has released a major update to its members’ web site. This update includes significant enhancements to improve the look, feel, and usability of LuxSci for both end users and administrators. It also includes a few feature enhancements. These are all described below.In general, the LuxSci user interface has been changed so that it is “cleaner” and “lighter.” Icons have been added to make it clearer. Also, we have re-organized some web pages and menu options into a more logical arrangement, and added additional, consistent navigation to all pages. Some of the pervasive changes include:

Help: We have replaced all “?” icons indicating “help” with the “Need Help? Click Here.” links that are clearly visible next to all headings that have associated online help.

Go Icons: We have replaced all “arrow icons” that used to mean “Go” or “Select” with actual buttons that say “Go >” or “Select”, in the interest of usability.

Return to: For web pages where it makes sense, we include a “Return to” link at the top right and bottom right of the page. This link is now in a consistent location and allows you to easily return to the previous page or the “next page up” in the site.

See also: For many pages where it makes sense, we include one or more links to related web pages on LuxSci in the “See Also” section on the upper right of the page. This allows faster navigation between related web pages and it also allows the easy discovery of related web pages by new users.

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