FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — The official website of the U.S. Air Force took a step forward in the information age Aug. 2 with a new look and greater functionality for today’s Internet user.
The latest version of Air Force Link boasts features that make it more accessible including mobile device and computer software compatibility, more interaction opportunities through social media and easier navigation.
“The redesigned sites will not only look better to the general public, they’ll also be more powerful for website managers across the Air Force thanks to increased functionality on the back end of the new system,” said Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs director, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. “This is a huge undertaking for the Air Force Public Web team at the Air Force Public Affairs Agency that has been in the works for more than a year.”
Not everyone can see, hear or understand website elements, said Charlotte Hu, AFPAA’s Air Force Public Web chief, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. It’s important that wounded warriors and others with disabilities can consume the websites. The new www.af.mil will be compatible with the types of software hearing-impaired, seeing-impaired and non-English speaking users have available, such as text-to-speech.
“It’s all about accessibility … with the new technology, we want to take advantage of the opportunities that are available,” Hu said.
In addition, social media will be an integral part of the new-look website.
“The technology of the previous era is one-to-many,” Hu said. “The website speaks and you listen. In the modern era people should be able to comment … they should be able to share that content on their own social media platforms.”
The new website has a specific emphasis on functionality and keeping up with the constant movement of technology, Hu said. The changes reflected on AFLink will slowly and seamlessly transition to all Air Force pages during the course of the two to three years.