Design Once the navigation and editorial content were determined, templates were created for each subsite. The "home" page was designed to load quickly and used a centered image to highlight a different episode each day.
Design issues such as NTSC color standards for broadcast and typography were considered. Still-picture frames were taken from the television programs. Although these images came from the on-air program, they had to be scaled to a smaller size for placement on iTV pages and often required cropping to make them visually stronger.
A sanserif font was used in a large point size to keep it readable at a distance of ten to twelve feet (typical distance from viewer to television). Templates were tested on television monitors to assure intended results.
Pictured on right: Colorado Channel Schedule
includes program images and broadcast times.
The Colorado Channel trial was part of an AT&T interactive TV pilot program, and a collaboration between PBS, Rocky Mountain PBS and Liberate.