Www.Nationalbank.Co.Nz – Web Site Analysis Terms of Reference Date of Request 16 February 2001 Request To produce a design methodology and technical report containing a factual based assessment of a chosen Internet site, CD-ROM and my personal group project. Requested By Michael Vehaart Deliverables Report style format, paper based presentation enclosed in a folder. Due Date 15 March 2001 Introduction Below are the results of research taken out to access different multimedia designs and their internal components that enable them to compete in an aggressive environment Question One Internet Site – The National Bank (www.nationalbank.co.nz) Methodology When creating a website for a large company the use of the waterfall methodology is required. The Steps involved in the waterfall development are: Planning (identify scope, plan development strategies and goals.) Requirements analysis (what the website should do) Design (How the website is going to work) Implementation & Testing (Using the website and seeing if it works) Support (correcting errors, improving and enhancing) This methodology was used because in order to produce an effective computer based application, particularly where the project is large and/or complex, schedules need to be met, costs controlled, quality maintained and specifications adhered to design methodologies will need to be followed. (Vehaart 2000) This is evident because of the online banking that is provided by the National Bank and there need for relevant up to date information at there website which is a large project to control without the use of Planning, Analysis and Design.
Essential components Essential components for a website (Ruth Kastenmayer Webmaster and style guide editor at Judson College (http://home.judson.edu/styleguide/contents.html)) are: Web page independence (Who, What, When, Where) User-centered design (target audience) Ease of navigation (clear easy to follow navigation) Access speed (provide users with information they want in fewest steps) Simplicity and consistency (easy to understand, similar setup) Page context, and (where you are and where the next link is going to take you) Functionality (ensuring things ‘e.g., links’ always work) On the above components I will access the National Bank website. When you first enter the homepage for the National Bank you are greeted with a large banner explaining what site you have entered, a list of click able links explaining what is held within, down the bottom of the page it has when the website was created but no sign of updates, all though you hope they do, and it has a tab header frame at the top of every page to take you to there homepage or other pages within their site. This site has its target audience in mind they are Mr and Mrs Joe Bloggs and students. This is apparent through their use of image cycling on their homepage where it cycles through images of couples, singles and students and the tailor made accounts that they offer for them. The even better part is when you click on these images it takes you to the information about that account. Navigation of the site is well layed out and easy to use with the use of rollover change, which highlights the link you have the mouse situated over and gives you subheadings of the pages within that link. Also situated at the bottom of the page is underlined text links which you can use to move amongst the headings of the site and they also change to a different colour once clicked on to let the user know where they have been within the site.
Also there is a contents header at the top of every page listing the major headings and the subheadings of the page you are in as well as the page you are currently on. Interface studies have shown that users prefer menus that present a minimum of five to seven links, and that users prefer a few very dense screens of choices over many layers of simplified menus. (Web Style Guide http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/interface/bas ic interface2.html) With this statement in mind National Bank have done just that with they’re maximum of seven links within most pages contained in the site. Also the speed in which the site loads up is relatively short because of the use of simple design, simple graphics, and simple layout. This is shown with every page having the same background, colours and layout so within a few clicks the user feels familiar with the site and can navigate it without the need for help. With page context the users of this site can easily find what their there for and where they can find it.
This is done through the use of graphical links that display the pages within each link and if they do have trouble there is a site search option that they can enter a word/s and it will find all information within there site related to their search and if that fails there is always the site map provided. With the functionality of the site all links that were entered were working and all graphics were as well. Design Motivations Through the use of simple layout (e.g., minimal graphics and link options that show subheadings when the mouse is rolled over it) the user is able to find out what information they want where to go to get it (what link to take) and can easily learn or be informed of all that the National Bank has to offer. Also if the user feels that they have not been well informed they are able to email the National Bank and ask about the options the are after and they National bank will reply to there query at there personal email address. The is also able to learn and understand the information because they are provided with short and to the point paragraphs that are basic and in a good format that is easily read.
Technical Considerations With the simple graphics and text based pages the considerations made have been that any person on any PC is able to access this site without the performance of it being hinded. The only thing is that it is built for a 17″ monitor but it scroll bars are provided for smaller screens. Also if the user did not have a graphics card the graphics would not work but this has been accounted for with the use of underlined text links on every page. Cross Platform Issues The issues within this site relating to the two main platforms Macintosh and Windows are the colour settings and text size and the fonts that are supported by each. The colors and graphics used on a Macintosh computer will appear much darker and have more contrast when viewed on a Windows-based computer, while on a Macintosh computer the graphics designed on a Windows computer will appear flat and washed out.
The default gamma settings for a Macintosh computer are 1.8-target gamma; the settings for a Windows computer are 2.2-target gamma. (Judson Webcenter Style Guide http://home.judson.edu/styleguide/pageplatform.htm l) This will only affect the background colours and one graphic on the homepage. The actual text size varies from platform to platform. What a Windows user sees as 14-point text appears as 12-point text on a Macintosh computer. Also all browsers do not support the same set of fonts, so use of the default font setting would prevent this.
Edutainment – CD-ROM – The Computer Classroom 5 Methodology The methodology used to create this CD-Rom is a combination of waterfall methodology and prototyping. The waterfall methodology because each phase has to be completed before the next is begun and prototyping because you have continual development and feed back. (Verhaart, M. (2001) V/2-KnowledgeBase2000. Retrieved March 13, 2001 from EIT Intranet) This is evident because of the high quality of sound and graphics and attention to detail (e.g. the …