Designing a Web-based desktop that's easy to navigate
Computers in libraries
Abstract: Discusses how the staff at Kansas City Public Library of Kansas City, MO developed a Web-based computer desktop to address challenges in the delivery of computer services to customers. Notes that through extensive planning, creative problem solving, and multiple stages, a solution was implemented that addressed existing problems and provided a flexible future platform. Says that the decision was made to create a new Web-based desktop utilizing Internet Explorer 5''s kiosk mode to provide a unified interface; to hide the Windows desktop from the end-user; to allow for consistent branding across all library print and electronic materials; and to provide a flexible architecture for future updates. Describes how the plan was created and the prototype was developed, the rollout and feedback processes, and the design of a children''s version of the interface. Contains four screen displays, one code listing, and one sidebar.
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