Design/Communication SIG Meeting Notes

Tuesday March 1, 10-11 am

Present:  Alex Ducett, Jerry Heverly, Beth Katzoff, Tom McNulty

We reviewed several additions to the Digital Humanities Design Research Guide. Of particular interest was Paletton: The Color Scheme Designer.  It allows users to select a color from the traditional Red-Blue-Yellow color wheel, and automatically identify its exact complementary color. Once the two colors are selected, a webpage example, featuring the two colors in various values (dark to light), can be generated with a single click.

In terms of usability, we also viewed W3C Markup Validation Service. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.The Validation Service allows the user to enter any URL; it generates a line-by-line report on accessibility issues related to the site’s code.

Alex offered to add Omeka login information to the wiki, and to update everyone’s privileges. This has been completed (see on the downtowndigital wiki page under “Quick Links”). Everyone should now have access to configure themes and play around with other settings.

Finally, we discussed inviting Nadaleen to a sochum meeting to discuss the User Experience principles as they relate to dh and other online resources.

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