Site Review

Discussion in 'HTML' started by sorry.no.email@post_NG.com, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    I posted this message on al.html.critique but it seems to be shut for
    Easter, so I repeat my post here, sorry if it is a little off topic:

    Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    complete:

    http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/

    I am keen to benefit from criticism / suggestions etc before
    completing the site, incorporating any suggestions from this group and
    moving it to its final home. Section mostly complete is the Strongs of
    Ulster, Ireland:

    http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/strongs

    Thank you very much for all criticisms and suggestions,

    Andrew.
     
    sorry.no.email@post_NG.com, Apr 17, 2006
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  2. In article <>,
    sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:

    > Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    > complete:


    I would suggest the 'Strong Family Web Site' as a simple styled <h1> and
    not as <div id="Header"><a href="http://www.pnc.com.au/~plstrong"
    title="The Strong Family Web Site ">The Strong Family Web Site
    </a></div>.
    If the link is important, I would put it at the top of the UL navlist
    with a creative name, since 'The Strong Family' is already taken.
    Highlighting the links may or may not be desirable to you.
    <http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/> looks quite clean to me.
    Now for your second link. I see that you're fond of 'The Strong Family
    Web Site', but again I'd change that to a styled <h1>History</h1> or
    somesuch. You might consider a list for the line that starts with
    'Chapter 1:', and style the background of that element with a faint
    green. Yellow and green are my favorites ;-)

    leo

    --
    <http://web0.greatbasin.net/~leo/>
     
    Leonard Blaisdell, Apr 17, 2006
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  3. sorry.no.email@post_NG.com

    Guest

    sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:
    > I am keen to benefit from criticism / suggestions etc before
    > completing the site, incorporating any suggestions from this group and
    > moving it to its final home. Section mostly complete is the Strongs of
    > Ulster, Ireland:
    >
    > http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/strongs


    Random thoughts and comments, based on the above page:

    Nice to see a page that validates straight off the shelf! The W3C CSS
    Validator's warnings, mainly the usual about color and background-color
    not having been defined, look like they can be ignored, although you
    might want to pick through the list just to be thorough:
    <http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?profile=css2&warning=2&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fpeople.aapt.net.au%2F~adjlstrong%2Fstrongs%2F>

    Personally, I'd think about your navigation and "chapter" structure.
    If this page is anything to go by, each chapter's page will be quite
    long, and there doesn't seem to be any navigation available to easily
    navigate to or between sections. I'd also make the menu for the
    chapters smaller in relation to the left-hand menu, and I'd lose the
    centering. There might be an argument for splitting the chapter
    sections to a web page each?

    I know this has been done to death, but since you appear to be serving
    the pages as text/html, is there anything to be gained by coding to
    XHTML 1.0 Strict?

    The JavaScript seems rather redundant.

    Although you have a stylesheet for printing, there should be an
    explicit link to seeing the page formatted for printing; at the moment,
    a browser's print preview will show something different to what the
    user had just seen in their window, which breaks expectations for the
    average user. I'd also have the printable version make better use of
    the page, as there's a large stretch of unnecessary white space along
    the left-hand side. Possibly you might consider suppressing link
    formatting in the print version, too, although there's pro's and cons
    either way.

    I'd use <h1> for "The Strong Family Web Site", and then <h2> for the
    chapter name.


    Mental note:
    It's really about time I put my family history research up on the 'net!
    This guy's making me jealous!

    --
    AGw.
     
    , Apr 17, 2006
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  4. sorry.no.email@post_NG.com

    Colin Wilson Guest

    seems quite good to me, A neat and clean design.but I do think that the
    pale yellow backgound on hover is too pale. However that is probably jusst
    a personal preference.
    <sorry.no.email@post_NG.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I posted this message on al.html.critique but it seems to be shut for
    > Easter, so I repeat my post here, sorry if it is a little off topic:
    >
    > Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    > complete:
    >
    > http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/
    >
    > I am keen to benefit from criticism / suggestions etc before
    > completing the site, incorporating any suggestions from this group and
    > moving it to its final home. Section mostly complete is the Strongs of
    > Ulster, Ireland:
    >
    > http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/strongs
    >
    > Thank you very much for all criticisms and suggestions,
    >
    > Andrew.
     
    Colin Wilson, Apr 18, 2006
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  5. sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:
    > Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    > complete:
    > http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/


    If your goal was to make this information available in a very basic non
    decoritive presentation, then I have achieved your goal. The second
    level menu is a litle funky though. Kind of rough to follow

    I prefer a fancier internet.
     
    Travis Newbury, Apr 18, 2006
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  6. On Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:58:41 +1200, "Colin Wilson"
    <> wrote:

    >seems quite good to me, A neat and clean design.but I do think that the
    >pale yellow backgound on hover is too pale. However that is probably jusst
    >a personal preference.
    ><sorry.no.email@post_NG.com> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I posted this message on al.html.critique but it seems to be shut for
    >> Easter, so I repeat my post here, sorry if it is a little off topic:
    >>
    >> Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    >> complete:
    >>
    >> http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/
    >>
    >> I am keen to benefit from criticism / suggestions etc before
    >> completing the site, incorporating any suggestions from this group and
    >> moving it to its final home. Section mostly complete is the Strongs of
    >> Ulster, Ireland:
    >>
    >> http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/strongs
    >>
    >> Thank you very much for all criticisms and suggestions,
    >>
    >> Andrew.

    >


    Hi,

    Thanks for that, I have taken your advice and beefed up the hover a
    little: #FFFFAA

    Thanks,

    Andrew.
     
    sorry.no.email@post_NG.com, Apr 18, 2006
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  7. On 18 Apr 2006 02:46:48 -0700, "Travis Newbury"
    <> wrote:

    >sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:
    >> Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    >> complete:
    >> http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/

    >
    >If your goal was to make this information available in a very basic non
    >decoritive presentation, then I have achieved your goal. The second
    >level menu is a litle funky though. Kind of rough to follow
    >
    >I prefer a fancier internet.


    Hi Travis,

    Thanks for your input. The look is a little plain because I am
    actually a refugee from table-layout land I am still feeling my way
    without tables :) As well though I am aiming more for depth of
    information than flair of presentation, but there will be time for
    more sparkle when the site is fully built, it will be about 100 pages.

    The second level menu could definitely use some structure and I am
    open to any suggestions here. Would a proper styled horizontal list
    look better perhaps? I was actually following the simple horizontal
    top structure I saw at http://www.w3.org/2003/glossary/ although mine
    is still a little under-developed.

    Thanks for your trouble,

    Andrew.
     
    sorry.no.email@post_NG.com, Apr 18, 2006
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  8. sorry.no.email@post_NG.com

    dorayme Guest

    In article
    <>,
    "Travis Newbury" <> wrote:

    > sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:
    > > Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    > > complete:
    > > http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/

    >
    > I prefer a fancier internet.


    No, this would be simply awful. The internet as a whole is too
    fancy already. Less fancy internet is what is needed (rather than
    wanted).

    What is more, this particular sites's unfancy is quite
    appropriate to the nature of this material. Wonderfully
    undistracting.

    Make the yellow strip black with white lettering or grey and an
    appropriate coloured lettering, and get some elegance into the
    unfancy without risking unneeded fancy.

    --
    dorayme
     
    dorayme, Apr 19, 2006
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  9. sorry.no.email@post_NG.com

    Nije Nego Guest

    On Tue, 18 Apr 2006 22:32:44 +1000, sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:

    > On 18 Apr 2006 02:46:48 -0700, "Travis Newbury"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >>sorry.no.email@post_NG.com wrote:
    >>> Could I please have a review of a site that is now about a quarter
    >>> complete:
    >>> http://people.aapt.net.au/~adjlstrong/

    >>
    >>If your goal was to make this information available in a very basic non
    >>decoritive presentation, then I have achieved your goal. The second
    >>level menu is a litle funky though. Kind of rough to follow
    >>
    >>I prefer a fancier internet.

    >
    > Hi Travis,
    >
    > Thanks for your input. The look is a little plain because I am
    > actually a refugee from table-layout land I am still feeling my way
    > without tables :) As well though I am aiming more for depth of
    > information than flair of presentation, but there will be time for
    > more sparkle when the site is fully built, it will be about 100 pages.
    >
    > The second level menu could definitely use some structure and I am
    > open to any suggestions here. Would a proper styled horizontal list
    > look better perhaps? I was actually following the simple horizontal
    > top structure I saw at http://www.w3.org/2003/glossary/ although mine
    > is still a little under-developed.
    >
    > Thanks for your trouble,
    >
    > Andrew.


    Beautifull resource for lists:

    http://css.maxdesign.com.au/listamatic/
    --
    o'tom po'tom
     
    Nije Nego, Apr 19, 2006
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