DSpace 5.0 Feature Preview Focus: An Improved User Interface on Any Device

Mon, 2014-11-17 14:04 -- carol

Winchester, MA In the coming weeks DuraSpace will take a closer look at some of the key features that will be available to the community in DSpace 5.0.

Responsive web design is all about being able to easily adapt as users everywhere take advantage of all-the-time Internet access. The Mirage 2 User Interface for DSpace developed by @mire enables any device—computer, smart phone, tablet—to display online information. The Mirage theme that will be part of the upcoming DSpace 5.0 release makes it easy to display DSpace repository content for users wherever they are, at anytime and on any device.

This theme for the traditional DSpace XML User Interface (XMLUI) was built on Bootstrap, SASS/Compass and Grunt. Mirage 2 adds support for devices in all shapes and sizes, an updated look and feel and an entire range of optimizations behind the scenes.

Tim Donohue, Technical Lead for DSpace and DSpaceDirect explains, “With the addition of Mirage 2, the XMLUI now has a sleek, modern, responsive interface which will allow your users to utilize your repository from the device of their choice."

@mire has developed a slide overview of the Mirage 2 responsive user interface for DSpace here.

But that’s only part of what Mirage 2 offers the DSpace community. The Mirage 2 look and feel allows users to modernize the visual web design of DSpace sites. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is an example of a Mirage 2 theme customization that reflects the organization’s objectives in a clean, modern design: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org

More information about DSpace 5.0

For more information on this and other new 5.0 features visit the wiki: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+Release+5.0+Status.