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How to write a friendly filename

Naming a file is the first step of saving one. It is often the same as the title of the document, a description of a photograph or image, or similar. A filename that contains capital letters, special characters or…

Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco from the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sporting white, grey, and black hats respectively.

The three hats of user experience

User experience (UX) and design patterns fall under three categories (or hats) – white hat, grey hat, and black hat – or more simply put, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Funnelback search rankings

One question we are often asked is why a particular URL is not listed at the top of our search results. The University uses Funnelback to provide our website search functions. The search works by scanning our documents…

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Offline first

One of the biggest challenges we face is to ensure that our websites continue to work on all manner of devices. To meet this challenge, many web developers have adopted a mobile first design process. The core principle…

Don't make me think

Don’t make me think

‘Don’t make me think’ is a book by Steve Krug, first published in October 2000. It is one of the most popular introductions to user interface design, with 600,000 copies published in 20 different languages. Now, after…

A pile of Lego bricks scattered on the floor. The HTML and JavaScript logos are overlaid.

A look at web components

Although web components have been around for several years in the web development world, it hasn’t been something that I’ve heard mentioned a lot. On the surface, web components look like an easy way to create and…

Choosing the correct chart

Data visualisation can be expressed in different forms. Charts are a common way of expressing data, as they depict different data varieties and allow data comparison.