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Thursday, October 8, 2015

CBC - Keeping Canada Alive website design & programming

The navigation web programming & design is excellent for this CBC project.
http://www.cbc.ca/keepingcanadaalive/

I looked at the Page Source for the coding trying to see if I could identify how they designed it. I am still not sure. I missed the ajax boat in programming utility and so I am not sure how that programming forms the navigation circle, if at all. Some of the navigation circle might be all done in CSS, maybe what they call "CBCcarousel":
http://www.cbc.ca/i/css/v11/scripts.css
Then I found out that "carousel" is actually a CSS class for design < here >.

It reminded me of an old style of web page design using photoshop image over layers.  The circle mouse over links to entire video documentaries is very useable. CBC may be selling off their buildings and laying off employees but at least they know how to deliver digital information. It could even be flash scripting? I've really not kept up with that either.

I think web design and programming for healthcare sites is part of a study of Health Informatics. We may recall the fiasco of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website that had usability and server crashing issues.  For that matter, any electronic medical record system is first and foremost a web design application that must prioritize usability.

Speaking of Usability I have been trying to read through Steve Krug's "Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems." Krug is right - he is not a book writer. Interesting layout for a book though.

The episodes for the CBC series don't appear to have one dedicated to an ehealth contextual scenario. I think that is because ehealth is usually kind of implicated throughout many aspects of healthcare, and not an all star focus?

Anyway, having watched a half dozen or so episodes, I am finding the whole thing quite an awesome educational trip! Here is a short clip intro to the project: