[LINK] Counter-productive bells and whistles
Mon, 29 Oct 2001 15:14:28 +1100
On Mon, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:01:27PM +1100, Roger Clarke wrote:
> Re the increasing prevalence of web-sites to accidentally preclude
> access by all manner of users who aren't using precisely the browser
> version and config that the naive designer thought everybody used ...
the latest in the australian hall of shame for websites is the
until a few weeks ago it was a fairly simple plain html site that worked
in any browser. it was hosted on an apache + mod_perl server. it had
a reasonable design, and was simple to use and navigate. it wasn't
perfect, but it worked...which is a lot more than can be said for the
"new and improved" replacement site.
now, it's been moved to an NT/IIS/ASP server (an excellent decision
in the wake of Code Red and Nimda, huh?), requires internet explorer,
demonstrates abysmal design sense, and has lost several important &
useful features (the ability to bookmark the search page for your local
cinema; and a one-page printable listing of all movies and times,
including a brief synopsis of each movie, at a given cinema on a given
my theory is that they got suckered by some slick salesman/consultant
(who, as it happens can't even make their own site work - it's flash
craig sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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