Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire is a new museum which opened on 1 October this year.

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The most striking thing about the site is the commitment to accessibility: Government standard access keys, any page on the site can be read to you using the ReadSpeaker system, you can even telephone to have the pages translated for you. Alt tags are excellent throughout.

The only criticism would be the use of the redirect url http://www.thecollection.lincoln.museum/, hiding the true urls of the pages, preventing appropriate page titles being displayed.

The impetus for the adherence to accessibility is the fact that the museum is administered by a local authority, Lincolnshire County Council, who are obliged by law to adhere to strong guidelines.

It is often difficult for museum websites to retain their individual identity when they reside within local authority websites. We would always advise keeping both separate, however this issue is dealt with reasonably well here.

Issues arise from the use of the Accessibility home key, which takes the user to the council homepage rather than the museum homepage and the fact that the internal search engine produces results for the whole council website rather than simply for the museum.

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