Monday, February 22, 2010
2.23.2010 pm9k Blake and interfaces
It is a real quandary to develop a good interface for an academic archive - there are so many possibilities and pitfalls, and the strong need to be flexible - for the varied audience, the type of devices which may access the archive, and the need to provide the best in functionality at the same time to make it beautiful. It takes a lot of work and I don't see how it might be done quickly and easily, without a lot of time and a lot of people on a team. There may be some technical solutions which might make it easier as time goes by - or make it more complicated. One needs both a fantastic and wonderful database and then a fantastic and wonderful interface that will allow the valuable content of the database to be easily accessible and useful to scholars and non-scholars. An impossible dream?