Web sites should be simple and intuitive to use. But sometimes it's a good idea to provide a Help Page to explain particular features of the site's design, navigation or facilities.
The Syntactic site has the following usability and accessibility features.
- A site map, available from every page, provides a navigation alternative to the main site contents on the Home Page.
- On big screens, the body text is given a maximum width to maintain its readability. The text is right-justified.
- The site is designed to adapt fluidly when viewed on smaller screens (narrower windows), including mobile/handheld devices. The most obvious feature is that, for narrow windows, the menu slides below the body text when it can no longer fit comfortably alongside. On less capable browsers, the site's pages are still fluid but are rendered less well and are not rendered properly at all in very narrow windows.
- All pages can be printed for reference, if users wish (the text doesn't get truncated on the right, as happens with some sites). The on-screen menu isn't needed on printed pages, so users of most browsers will find that the printed version of pages contains just the body text and not the menus. Printing is therefore quicker.
- Images have alternative text, where appropriate, for users with images switched off and for vision-impaired users (using screen readers etc).
- All links have tooltips giving a brief description of where the link goes. Most browsers display these when the link is selected (e.g. hovered over by the mouse).