Usability testing around the University

The digital communications team has been conducting usability testing since 2015. Usability testing allows us to evaluate the design of a webpage, or more specifically, a particular process such as signing up for a visiting day. Digicomms is keen for …

Thursday 14 September 2017 | Usability


Updating the undergraduate pages with HEFCE information

A couple of weeks ago, the content team spent some time going through a ‘Information for Students’ guide from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, but we call it the HEFCE guide (HEFCE stands for Higher Education Funding Council …

Monday 24 April 2017 | Content


Making web pages more accessible with WAI-ARIA

We are reviewing our digital pattern library to see how it can be more accessible. This article gives an overview of WAI-ARIA.

Thursday 1 December 2016 | Content


Why we don’t use video backgrounds

The release of HTML5 in 2014 introduced a standard way to embed videos directly on a web page, rather than needing to use a plug-in such as Flash. With an easier way to embed videos, using video backgrounds on web …

Tuesday 6 September 2016 | Design


Resources for web writers

When writing for the web, you have to keep a lot in mind: format, accessibility, devices, audience, house style and more. Luckily, there are plenty of useful tools out there to help you make your writing as user-friendly as possible.

Monday 4 July 2016 | Articles and resources


Writing for digital vs writing for print

The advent of the internet has drastically changed the way we receive and communicate information. Previously, written content could only be published as physical print, and was therefore static and unchangeable; today, content can be published online and is in …

Monday 30 November 2015 | Content


The BBC’s accessibility case study

Accessibility originates with UX: A BBC iPlayer case study This is an interesting case study in the challenges of creating an accessible design for the BBC iPlayer. It may not seem immediately obvious, but visual design can have a massive …

Thursday 2 April 2015 | Usability


Accessibility for documents

Creating accessible PDFs We are trying to move towards a standardised way of presenting PDFs. While most (if not all) web content and forms would ideally be published as HTML, sometimes we have to use Microsoft Word or PDF files …

Wednesday 5 November 2014 | Guides


Why don’t we focus more on accessibility?

3% of users browse with IE9 and 14% of users have a disability. Why do we only cater for the former? Fiona Taylor Gorringe outlines some statistics on web usage, and how sometimes developers have skewed priorities when it comes …

Wednesday 10 September 2014 | Usability


Replacing the Flash world map

One of the biggest issues we have had to tackle while working on the new Study at St Andrews website is the entrance requirements and country information section. The website contained a Flash world map that was considered to be …

Friday 21 February 2014 | Study at St Andrews website