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MAKING THE PAPER

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I missed the opportunity last week to introduce a new development in the array of Isthmus Publishing offerings, a revamping of our kids-and-parents-oriented website, IsthmusParents.com. I will hereby rectify that oversight.

Last week was the first issue of the month, the issue in which we always carry material of interest to Isthmus parents and their kids. It has been rebranded as IsthmusParents.com to connect it with the online site. And on the site you have the configuration highlighted in the paper: stuff to do with your kids, the Mama Madison column by Sari Judge, and the compilation of monthly parenting features that appear in the paper.

The redesign was done by creative director Ellen Meany and implemented by IT guru Thom Jones. It is edited by features editor Linda Falkenstein, and editor Dean Robbins assembles the "stuff to do with your kids" material. The newly reorganized site debuted on Feb. 27, and it is not necessarily done. That's because it is not necessarily intuitive, and we want to know if you find the navigation decipherable. It's really not that complicated, but we're willing to consider critiques of the design decisions that have been made.

The design was conceived to be "mobile first" - that is, optimal for mobile access. It also adheres to "responsive design" parameters, which allow it to change configuration in response to the device upon which it is being displayed.

In addition to the elements mentioned above, IsthmusParents.com features an extended calendar of things to do with your kids, as well as parenting resources gleaned from the "Resources" section of the Annual Manual.

If you have comments on the site, click the "contact us" button at the bottom of the homepage. If you have the desire to comment in person, visit the IsthmusParents booth during the Madison Kids Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center on March 16 and 17.

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