Following the increase in possibilities for WEB page design, professional
support was sought by the literary program "Lire les femmes africaines" in
order to make the information offered on the site more interactive and user
friendly. The information provided below has been prepared by our web page
consultant. It summarizes the steps taken to improve the site
at the end of 1997 and early in 1998. You may find the specific issues
in working on your own site. Please do not hesitate to let us know what you
A word from the web page consultant
The following are some of the changes I suggested and implemented:
1. Making better use of existing (HTML generated) features:
Use of maps whereby one or more hot spots are defined by coordinates anywhere on an image. In this example , the photograph is defined as a map, and each of the authors' face has a coordinate that defines a hot spot.
Inclusion of sound is in progress in order to give an African feel to the site. Short samples of writers' voices (being interviewed, reading their works, etc) and music are being added.
Better setup of tables has been achieved, using borderwidth, cellwidth, cellpadding and background (only available in Netscape 4) or background color within each cell. example
Validation of forms In order to prevent a form being sent a validation process has been set in place without essential information (such as the name of the book in the suggestions for the bibliography!) For an example try sending in this form without filling in the comment box.
So called "rollover" effect This special effect has endless applications and certainly spices up a page. As an example, in this site, it was used to display an author's name when the mouse is passed over their photo in the Who is Who? section. example
Pop up windowsThese were used here to generate the forms as a "side page", allowing the user to get directly back to the page they were browsing after submitting the form information. The suggestion form and all of the examples on this page use pop up windows!
A slide show gallery Using frames, a visitor can peruse the artists paintings (changing automatically) while reading interesting information about the artist.