|November 22, 2002 [posted]|
|MedlinePlus® Introduces New Design and Organizational Structure|
he November 21, 2002 release of MedlinePlus, Version 10.5, introduces a new design and organizational structure. These changes result from extensive usability testing, consumer feedback and advances in Web design and standards. Since MedlinePlus' inception in October 1998, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has performed a range of usability testing on the site, including expert evaluation, informal user questioning and formal, videotaped observation of people using the site for the first time.
The new design retains many elements of the current site, but now features:
A three-column home page with links to featured MedlinePlus content
The center column retains links to current health news and the featured site. This column also introduces a "Spotlight" area, featuring links to other MedlinePlus content in the news.
The third column features prominent links to the interactive tutorials, to ClinicalTrials.gov, and to NIHSeniorHealth.gov. The tutorials can still be accessed from the main health topics page as well.
To add the third column to the home page, we removed the photographs on the left side. However, a number of different, larger photographs will appear in the banner every time users visit MedlinePlus or reload their Web browsers.
New secondary banners and top navigation bar
New search engine
No URLs have been changed as a result of the redesign. As always, NLM welcomes any comments and suggestions about MedlinePlus. A link to "Contact Us" is now at the top of every page.
By Jennifer Marill
Marill J. MedlinePlus® Introduces New Design and Organizational Structure. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Nov-Dec;(329):e3.