Duck Digital

RMIT Web Review - Assessment

RMIT Libraries Homepage http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/libmain.htm

This screen has been assessed according to a working set of criteria available [on-line} at:

http://www.cinemedia.net/FOD/DuckDigital/criteria.html

Heuristic overview

Apart from the use of frames without the option of a no frame option this site is clear, easy to use, and provides an effective tool for accessing the University Library. At some of the sites deeper levels text font sizes are too small to read.

Access to the Library catalogue through Liblink involved too many steps to be user friendly and timed out before I could finish with a No Session message. Liblink itself had an excessive download burden of 121.05K which took 35.63 seconds. Although it offered a text only option this was refused and the large bitmap image was downloaded anyway.

step 1. enter library: http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/index.html
step 2. select catalogue access: choice of Liblink or telnet
step 3. select Liblink
step 4. select RMIT library from jigsaw puzzle bitmap
step 5. select RMIT library again this time from GeoWeb
step 6. arrive at keyword search form

Some Suggestions for internal areas of the site:

Download Time

The down load time for this screen was within the recommended range.

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/libmain.htm 2.22 K 0.62
images/logo5.gif 13.82 K 3.84
images/menu.gif 5.00 K 1.39
images/rmitusmll.gif 1.43 K 0.40
Total
22.47 K
6.24
HTTP Request Delays

2.00
Total + Delays

8.24

Accessibility Suggestions

  1. Provide alternative text for all image map hot-spots
    Line 8: <MAP NAME="libmap"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,0,193,38" HREF="http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/libcat.htm" ALT="RMIT Catalogue"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,38,203,68" HREF="cata.html" ALT="Other Catalogues"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,69,202,92" HREF="ereserve/ereserve.htm" target="_parent" ALT="e-Reserve"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,92,239,119" HREF="e_dbase/" target="_parent" ALT="Electronic Databases"><AREA SHAPE=default HREF="#menu"></MAP>

  2. Client-side image map libmap contains a link http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/libmain.htm#menu not presented elsewhere on the page

  3. Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the text

  4. Client-side image map libmap contains a link http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/e_dbase/ not presented elsewhere on the page

Browser Compatibility Suggestions:

  1. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag AREA for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 8: <MAP NAME="libmap"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,0,193,38" HREF="http://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/libcat.htm" ALT="RMIT Catalogue"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,38,203,68" HREF="cata.html" ALT="Other Catalogues"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,69,202,92" HREF="ereserve/ereserve.htm" target="_parent" ALT="e-Reserve"><AREA SHAPE=RECT COORDS="0,92,239,119" HREF="e_dbase/" target="_parent" ALT="Electronic Databases"><AREA SHAPE=default HREF="#menu"></MAP>

Metadata:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> <META NAME="GENERATOR" CONTENT="Mozilla/4.05 [en] (Win95; I) [Netscape]">

This metadata is proprietary and does not conform to the syntax or content of the Dublin Core emerging standard.

Duck Digital Prepared by Duck Digital [Voice] 61 3 96511510 [email] simonp@cinemedia.net