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Society of the Sacred Heart at the UN

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Society of the Sacred Heart at the UNSociety of the Sacred Heart at the UNSociety of the Sacred Heart at the UN
PARTNER: Religious of the Sacred Heart, International
PROJECT TYPE: Nonprofit Web Design | Drupal
OTHER TAGS: Mobile Friendly | multilingual | NGO | United Nations | Calendar | Adaptive layout | Adaptive design | Responsive web design | Catholic | Omega subtheme

This site supports the Society of the Sacred Heart's NGO office at the United Nations. We've built it in Drupal, making it multilingual. The site is manually translated into three languages: English, French, and Spanish. (We also provide a simple link to Google Translate's attempt to render the page in other languages). We've provided three separate URLs for the site so that users can go directly to the language that they prefer:

Each page is linked to the same content in the other two languages so that users can flip between languages seamlessly, rather than having to link to the front page in the other languages and then try to locate the same information in the other language.

We've set up a calendar of special United Nations days and weeks, with the ability to tag content to a calendar date. In this way, any content that is added over time will "stack up" under the appropriate dates -- for example, the World Day of Social Justice.

The site adapts to the width available, modifying the display appropriately. In a modern browser, you can observe this by adjusting the width of your browser and watching it adapt. When you get small enough, the header graphic will disappear and the menu flips over to a mobile select menu.

We also developed a simple icon representation for each of their primary issues of focus (currently Human Rights, Interfaith Dialogue, Millennium Development Goals, Our Planet, Peace, People on the Move, Poverty, and Women). This also allows them to tag and cross-reference content between various issues in the same way as with the calendar dates.

"The international community generally values the presence and contributions of religious congregations because they are all over the world, including some very difficult places; they do a lot with a little in terms of resources; when the situation gets difficult, they do not leave the place or the people; they have a long history of being with those who are poor; and they come to the international policy table with interests not their own." (FAQ)

Jan 1, 2012