After more than three years of operation, during which we monitored usage,
read your feedback messages, and conducted usability research, we are
launching a new, improved version of the HighWire Portal.
Here's a look at why we made changes and what we improved:
When we launched the HighWire Portal in 2002, we introduced a number of
advanced browsing and searching features. We knew at the time that
there would be some clutter and complexity with all the new "bells and
whistles". We wanted to learn, through live experience, which features
were most useful to our audiences. Then we began a process to take the
most useful features and make them more useable.
Based on reader feedback and an extensive research study, we have
refined the Portal's user interface.
- Improved information layout
- Less information per page
- Improved "Quick Search"
- Simpler "Advanced Search"
- More intuitable search field arrangement
- More examples
- Clearer labeling of search tools
- Ability to hide unneeded search tools
- Clearer search results page
- Easier search refinement
- More visibility for alerts
If you have comments or suggestions about our new look, please let us
know. While no single design can satisfy all
user needs, we will listen to you!
For readers who want more information about our research and the changes
to the HighWire Portal, please see the detailed description of the
HighWire site changes.