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NIH.gov Goes Mobile
The next time you visit the NIH.gov web site (www.nih.gov), you may notice some changes; the slideshow on the homepage is larger, the section pages have a more graphical orientation and some of the site content has been moved to more logical locations. But the largest and most significant change is that nih.gov has gone mobile.
NIH.gov has adopted a “responsive design,” which allows the web site to dynamically change and shift, depending on the size of the visitor’s screen. No matter what size screen is used, the text, images, navigation and graphics will re-size fluidly. When you visit the site using a smartphone or tablet, the links will now be organized in a mobile-friendly menu in the upper right corner.
The new site has been designed with a Drupal back-end, an open source content management platform that can be used to create and manage many types of web sites. This new software allows NIH.gov to deliver structured content that can be easily shared across different platforms. The transition was managed by the Online Information Branch, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD, which is responsible for NIH’s home page.
In addition to the new mobile design, NIH is launching a Spanish-language health information web site, Portal de Información de Salud de NIH (www.salud.nih.gov). The web page offers free, evidence- based health information from across NIH on topics ranging from child health to aging. The mobile-friendly site includes translations of many health articles from the NIH News in Health publication, popular for its clear and to-the-point content. Another element is clinical trials information from the Clinical Research Trials and You web site. The new site will also feature a monthly column called Ask Carla (Pregunta a Carla), designed as an opportunity for readers to learn about Spanish-language resources available from NIH.
The NIH web site was first launched in 1993 and has been through several significant redesigns since that time. The goal of NIH. gov is always to provide an excellent user experience and provide visitors with the highest quality medical research and health information.