FLO style guide for authors
Make 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.
- 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
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.
- Good: How teaching mindfulness benefits learning (link is included in link name)
- Bad: How teaching mindfulness benefits learning http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ab42fc400eb0f92ef40d0d9f9&id=c38b7ab10e&e=9201aa4eb2 ('naked' link)
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.
- Create a URL resource (includes how to align descriptions under URLs and other layout features)