Standards for Menus

The Office of Communications is developing standards for local navigation (the menus on the left panel of sections of the UNBC website).

This will be an ongoing project and we’ll post updates as we develop the standards. We’re looking at things such as terminology that makes sense to the user, placement of links that are common across sections, and content that does not belong in the menu.

Here are some that we’re working on now.

UNBC Menus will Link to UNBC Content

Menus on the UNBC website are intended to help the user find content within the UNBC website.

We are not able to indicate that a link in the menu takes the user to content outside of the UNBC website, which can result in us losing our web user.

In addition, we have no control over the function of the external link. Including the external link on a web page, rather than the menu, allows us easier ability to find and fix broken links.

  • Links to any online content that is not part of the UNBC website should not be part of a local menu
  • Links to external content should be accessible on a webpage
  • The webpage with external link(s) can be linked from the local menu
  • We recommend that a brief description of what the user will find when they click on an external link be included (wherever appropriate)
Links to Files Do not Belong in Menus

In order to better track online assets and to keep navigation simple, files (PDFs, etc.) will not be included as direct links from menus.

In addition, we are finding that documents links in the local navigation are frequently updated. This results in menus that are harder to maintain.

Instead, the document(s) should be included on a webpage(s) and the menu links be directed there.

Faculty, Staff, Contact

  • Faculty listings will be included on their own dedicated page.
  • Staff listings will be included on the contact page.
  • Faculty and staff will not be combined on a common page.

Avoiding Punctuation in a Webpage Title

It is important to avoid using punctuation in a Webpage title. Examples of punctuation to avoid are commas, colons, expression marks, and every other type of punctuation mark you can think of.

 Here’s why:

When creating a Webpage, one of the first steps is to enter a Page Title. The Page Title not only becomes the main heading for your content, but it also defines the URL of the Webpage you are creating.

For example, in the Future Students section, for the Webpage titled “Why UNBC”, the URL is unbc.ca/future-students/why-unbc.

future student's url

The title of the page determines the URL, so if this page was titled “Why is UNBC Awesome” then the URL would be unbc.ca/future-students/why-unbc-awesome.

However, if the title was “Why is UNBC Awesome?” with a question mark, this would cause problems with the URL because URL’s don’t use punctuation, and Drupal doesn’t know what to do with them when it wants to convert the title into a URL. This title “Why is UNBC Awesome?” with a question mark would make a URL like unbc.ca/future-students/why-unbc-awesome%, that is with some strange code trying to make up for the punctuation.

Here is an example of a real URL in the website with this problem: http://www.unbc.ca/releases/8047/%E2%80%9Cexplorer-millennium%E2%80%9D-headline-dr-bob-ewert-memorial-lecture-and-dinner

Take note of the % marks appearing in this URL. Now click on the link and look at the url and the Page Title of the actual webpage. Notice that the URL has punctuation marks in it.

And so, don’t ever use punctuation in the Page Title field.

 

 

Resizing an image

  1. Select the image by clicking it in the WYSIWYG editor.
  2. Click the “Image” button in the WYSIWYG.
  3. Enter either the desired Width or Height (you can only control one in order to retain the correct proportions of the image). Make sure the padlock to the right is locked in order to keep the proportions.
  4. Click OK