Steven Williams and Matthew Villalobos, of Technology Integration Services, collaborated with Amy Rushing and Colleen Lyon to improve the user experience of viewing files in the UT Digital Repository. The default display of a DSpace/Manakin repository is to display files, and their metadata, in a text representation across rows. In order to provide users with a more visual cue, graphic icons for the most frequently used file types were created. In order to associate a file type with its appropriate icon, XSL transformation was performed in the Manakin layer matching the object mime type with its icon.
In addition to using icons to help users quickly scan for file types, the metadata associated with the object has also been moved to a vertical display floating to the right of the icon. The vertical layout not only allows for an improved gaze path, but also provides more space for longer descriptions and spacing for future data like statistics.