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This summarises the thinking and principles which we have used in putting this site together. We welcome suggestions.
Usable Buildings does not have a search facility, because most of our content is complex, pdf-based and password protected, and searching does not work very well with those constraints. However, it is possible to search within Google for unprotected pdf content.
The reasons why we protect material are often concerned with copyright restrictions and related requirements. For example, content providers may ask for password protection as a condition of giving us access to material. However, we also like to know who our visitors are and who is using the site, so we try and instigate non-intrusive dialogue with you where possible, and for this we need to know who you are!.
We aim at:
We have a three-frame layout, with:
We use a lot of text, so we try to get the browsers to display consistently in large-ish and readable 11pt Arial.
We try to consistently help the user understand the consequences of their actions, so, for example, when you run the mouse over a menu item it will give you more information about what the item does so you have some idea of what happens next, and puts a tick next to it to show that it has been clicked. We also put details about next actions in the tooltips.
We also have tried to give understandable error messages, although they can flummox us as much as they can you!
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