Each site's Home Page should display information about the office or unit, including contact information, phone numbers, etc.
Navigation on secondary pages should indicate the current page by designating that page's button/link as "off" or "active." See our samples page for a suggested implementation.
The last link in the navigation should be a "Home" button that is not visible on the home page. The second to last link should be "Contact/Location." If there is an "About" page, it should be one of the first links in the navigation.
Writing for the Web
Users read differently on the Web then they do print pieces. To improve your sites readability and usability follow these guidelines:
- Summarize first. Put the main points of your document in the first paragraph, so that readers scanning your pages will not miss your point.
- Be concise. Use lists rather than paragraphs, but only when your prose lends itself to such treatment. Readers can pick out information more easily from a list than from within a paragraph.
- Write for scanning. Most Web readers scan pages for relevant materials rather than reading through a document word by word. Guide the reader by highlighting the salient points in your document using headings, lists, and typographical emphasis.
- Link smartly. Do not a put link around an entire sentence or a general phrase like "click here" or "read more," instead put the link around what it is specifically going to, for example the title of the page or document. This helps the Web reader scan for where they want to go next.