FLO style guide for authors

Hyperlinks (URLs)

Adding a URL resourceMake sure you check all URLs for broken (hyper)links prior to your FLO site being made available to students.

It is important to follow link protocols (web usability standards) so that the user does not get ‘lost’ in the navigation. The following protocols can be applied to FLO.


Link naming

  • Make sure links accurately reflect the link destination (eg if the page you are linking to is titled ‘Current issues for nursing practice’ then the link name should be the same)
  • Do not use ‘click here’ or similar unhelpful link naming. This is an accessibility issue, and will also make collecting user activity data (learning analytics) difficult


Link appearance

Users are accustomed to looking for link 'signals' in the text, so avoid using 'naked' links – these can be long and ugly, and may also require horizontal scrolling as they don't wrap. 

Examples


Links to external sites

You will most likely link to sites that are outside of FLO (including the Flinders University website). 

  • You do not need to include ‘viewed/accessed date’ next to them. See Referencing and quoting for more details.
  • Links are defaulted to open in a new window in the 'Adding a new URL' screen (Add an activity or resource > URL). This is the best option – particularly, do not choose the Embed option as this opens the site within FLO and may give the impression that the site is hosted by Flinders University rather than an external host.

Resources