Evaluation of World Wide Web Service for LIS 296 This paper provides my evaluation of the World Wide Web page for the LIS 296 class. Conceptual: The LIS 296 web page is a valuable addition to the class and provides easy access to a wide variety of course-related information that would normally either be not available at all, not available when needed, or only available in tree-consuming paper copies. I hope that all classes will quickly adopt this technology. I can think of examples in other classes just in the last few days where I missed picking up an important handout, missed hearing about a change the syllabus, and wished I knew where to find references mentioned in class. A class web server ellimates these problems by providing 24-hour access to course materials and the syllabus, and linking to course-related research. Structure: There is a limit the breadth of choices that should be offered on a single screen, and I believe the main page may be exceeding this with its 14 bulleted links. A more reasonable list of 8-10 links would improve clarity and keep the entire page on a single screen. As an example, I would combine course description, syllabus, and major themes into a single item. Navigation: The web site is designed well so that navigation is simple. In my observations simple navigation is achieved by reducing the number of cross-links. Otherwise it is too easy to get lost in a maze of links and have difficult getting "home." Also, it seems best to restrict the depth of the menu structure to a maximum of two or three from top to bottom. This makes traversing up and down less tedious, but does point out a trade-off between height and depth. Design Factors: I applaud the fact that there are no major graphics on the main menu. Too often, providers post large pictures at the top of the main menu that take too long to load with a 14.4Kbs modem. I also object to this trend toward graphically oriented buttons instead of hypertext. As a user, I don't need a 1" x 3" button screeming at me for me to push it. Providers should be concious of individual users bandwidth restrictions and use graphics sparingly.