The U.S. Justice Website Structure

The Federal government web page for the U.S. Department of Justice, www.usdoj.gov is composed of almost entirely of static pages delivering such information as publications, mission statements, and highlights of Justice activities.  The website is composed fo three external style sheets (CSS) to control the look and feel of several sub-sites arranged according to sub-departments (doj agencies).  A quick look at the source information of the index.html reveals the following:

<title>United States Department of Justice</title>

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/css/usdoj.css”>

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/css/doj_flyout.css”>

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/opa/pr/press_release.css” title=”PR specific style”>

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”/scripts/doj_flyout.js”></script>

<script src=”/scripts/mouseover.js” language=javascript></script>

<script src=”/scripts/slideshow.js” language=javascript></script>

<script src=”/scripts/enlarge.js” language=javascript></script>

As the source indicates, javascript is the primary language used throughout the site.  The CSS is composed of flloating palattes with the most important and navigational information in the prominent top-left corner.  There are flyout and drop-down menus which help the user navigate by topic and organization.  Ironically, the dysfunctional seach engine is easy to find.  There are limited images usually confined to identifying important officials.  However, there is a javascript run slideshow highlighting photographs of important or recent DOJ activities.  Following a link to a DOJ department website yet on a different server www.fbi.gov ;a back end database application soliciting tips of criminal activity.  These tips could be compiled and shared with other law enforcement or intelligence entities.

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~ by pencil on September 12, 2006.

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