Why is the A-Z no longer available on the library website?
By Robert Drinkall, on 13 November 2018
Since the library website moved to Drupal last week, we’ve had some queries about why there’s no A-Z index any more.
To answer this question, we discussed the A-Z with ISD Digital Presence staff during the migration project, and they don’t consider using an A-Z to index the content of a site to be good practice because:
- It’s limited (there is no space for teasers or explanation of link titles as with standard web content)
- It’s not that intuitive especially for new users of the website – they need to first know the names of services/content areas in order to find them
- It adds a layer of duplication to web content management processes and the duplication of navigation can cause confusing user journeys for website end-users
- Not being intrinsically linked to the structure of the site means that broken links can be a common problem
- It’s not something that Drupal could support at the moment and for the reasons outlined above we don’t have plans to do this
So, for these reasons, I’m afraid the A-Z is no longer available.
If there are particular pages you visit regularly, we recommend using browser bookmarks / favourites instead. Please do also feel free to highlight any areas of navigation you were using the A-Z for especially (via email@example.com), so we can take these into account during any future redesign process.
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