Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did you choose a larger page size for the site?
A. According to the user statistics for the site, 97.23 percent of the campus Web site's audience has a display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher. The greatest share of our current audience, 67.71 percent, has a display resolution that allows them to see the entire Web page without scrolling.
Those viewing at 1024 x 768 still have access without scrolling to the site's most heavily used links and content: email, maps, a-z index, ph, search, all the links in the main navigation to the right, access to college sites and links for the two biggest user groups, current and prospective students.
In order to create a Web site that had a use life of 3-5 years, the Web Team chose to support the largest user group and follow the proven trend of increasingly larger resolutions; in several years, 1024 x 768 will very likely go the way of the first vector video standard for screen size from the late 1990s: SVGA, or 800 x 400, now down to only 1.81 percent of our audience.
The trend in higher education, especially the top national colleges we compete with, is toward larger minimum width display sizes. The current width of content on our new site is 970 pixels; the design is 1010. The minimum width of some of our competitors: Penn is at 1,000 pixels, Stanford (beta) and Notre Dame are at 960, and MIT is at 933.
Interestingly, the other largest increase in screen sizes is smaller, as more users hit us with cell phones, PDAs, or other hand-held wireless devices. We currently provide those users with their own style sheet. That's less than 1 percent of our audience, but this group is expected to grow exponentially in the next several years.
Q: Is the new site accessible to those who access the site using a modem? What about those using older computers and operating systems, such as visitors from overseas, or those with cell phones and other wireless devices?
A: Yes, the site will be accessible. Modem users should select the text-only link in the upper left-hand corner of the main image section of the site. Only a very few small images will be included after selecting this link, so the pages will load very quickly.
From Aug. 6, 2007, to Aug. 6, 2008, only 1.61 percent of our audience visited via modem, a total of 562,183 visits (not unique visits; this data set could include multiple visits by the same people). Of those, 300,602, or 53.7 percent, were from Champaign. The rest of those visits were mostly in-state (Chicago has the largest share) or from the states of New York and New Jersey. There were 1,234 visits from Riyadh in that year, the only international city in the top 25 (at no. 24).
Q: Did you change the typeface in ph (Find People)? I don't like the way it looks.
The typeface is is the same as the old interface, and we don't care for it much, either. We are displaying it at a larger size as a service to those older than 40 who generally have difficulties reading smaller type. The display size is the only element we can control. The typeface and other features are controlled by a very old cgi program that we inherited from CITES. We do not make changes to this interface so we can't edit the typeface.
When we retire PH and replace it with the Campus Contacts we will have full control over the presentation of the data. The launch of the new Campus Contacts system is also dependent on CITES making some changes to the LDAP server, so we can't give you a scheduled launch date.
The "traditional" orange and blue will appear in a number of places, but most prominently in the large images that fade in and out and in the "Here and Now: Images of Illinois" and the "Campus Highlights" sections. View the large images fading in and out (requires Flash player).
The old site actually didn't use the official University bold palette, either. The "blue" was actually periwinkle, and the orange, while close, was not an exact match.
Q: All of the orange looks more like a yellow or a gold on my monitor and the blue doesn't seem right, either
A: It's orange and blue, honest! There are yellow highlights at the end of the orange gradient.
- Your monitor may need to be color-calibrated and/or otherwise adjusted. This includes colorimetric descriptions of its phosphors and the color temperature of its white point, among other factors, including the color gamut, color model, and color space.
- Your monitor has been in use for some time (the phosphors in a monitor lose brightness as it ages), making the colors less vibrant.
More information and resources regarding color (including a link to the Color Wiki) may be found on this International Color Consortium Web page: http://www.color.org/links2.xalter