Friday, November 14, 2003
Well, the sad sad day has arrived that my company has rolled out a new website designed by a . . . I don't know, a set of people about 5 years behind in web design and accessibility. I know my old design was just that, old, but c'mon! Replacing it with this is a pure insult. In no particular order, a list of what I see to be wrong, until I can't take it anymore:
- Oh, no! A big, stupid, totally unnecessary Flash intro!!!! Aaaaaaaaah!
- Dynamic menus the only way to navigate the site - what about people who don't / can't use a mouse?
- The colors look like something out of the 70s
- Gratuitous, phony stock photos thrown in everywhere. What, can't find anybody good-looking or smiling at O'Neal? That's surprising, given I know a bunch of photogenic, happy people where I work!
- Neither the URL nor the stupid menus tell me where I am
- Yuck. Maps link to Mapquest. Take the time to make a nice map, cleaned up, and actually useful.
- The big fat logo isn't linked to the homepage
- Overview gives me popups on the details? Wow, so much clicking, for so little information! Use DHTML, or just a plain outline, or something, duh.
- What's with the hard-to-read pyramid? Wow, that really makes me want to hire O'Neal, because they make big complicated pyramid diagrams.
- Holy cow! The site is completely invisible with images turned off. No alt-texts, not text at all! The colors are such that even the regular text on the page vanishes.
- When narrowing the page, a second menu jumps down over the top of the page, leaving a dummy behind
- It's not valid HTML, even back to 2.0
- It's not valid CSS
- It's not Section 508 compliant - Bobby can't even connect to it to test
- Fails the Link Test
For the accessibility issues, which are many and grievous, here are a couple links to educate you:0 Comments