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Old 09-20-2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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Please comment on http://www.hillellevinson.com and note any problems. I am able to run this just fine with Opera with Javascript enabled, Firefox without Javascript enabled, but I get what seems like an infinite number of errors when attempting it in IE 6.0.

We have had a number of Democrat political web sites here. The site is not explicit, but Levinson is a Democrat turned Republican for this race.
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Old 09-20-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
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I seem to have said all this before:
- Need contact details on the homepage
- Need to consider the search engine robots and have USP text on the top line
- Need META description
- Need photo on the homepage
- text on the subsequent pages is too small for my display and lacks contrast - grey on white is not good.

Otherwise it is fine!

   
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Old 09-20-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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No problems with the Javascript, regardless of browser?

I have some of the same problems. The desire for a great deal of text has overwhelmed them, and they used a rather small font lacking contrast.
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Please comment on http://www.hillellevinson.com and note any problems.
It seems to be a fixed width, set very wide. I didn't get past the first page, but in both Firefox Mac 1.0.6 and Safari 1.3.1, I get a horizontal scroll bar. There is no way I can widen the window on my 20" monitor sufficiently to get rid of the scroll bar.

In Firefox, if I move the scroll bar to the right, the Flash is sitting to the right of the end of the top coloured bar and photo.
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Dennis,

I don't like the links at all. They don't 'look' like regular links and don't have a rollover action, so I would get a hint. Can you do something there ?

The page is too wide for my 832 x 624 screen and therefore has the dreaded horizontal scroll bars.

That's two big usability hits so far....

   
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Please comment on http://www.hillellevinson.com and note any problems. I am able to run this just fine with Opera with Javascript enabled, Firefox without Javascript enabled, but I get what seems like an infinite number of errors when attempting it in IE 6.0.
I see problems, not related to Javascript (so far as I can tell).

The fixed (wide) width makes me scroll. I did manage to get the window wide enough to view the whole page, but only by also shifting the window to the left. That is a lot of fooling around for anyone; some may not bother.

The width makes the text hard to read (along with the grey). Ideally, you want roughly 55 to 65 characters/spaces per line for easy readability; you have two or three times that much.

No margin around the photos — make it appear as if they are actually obscuring text instead of being wrapped by it.

When I first opened the page and then widened it, the color photo was way off to the right and much larger. After looking at the other pages and coming back, I saw it up in the right-hand corner. Is that Flash?

Is it not a requirement to have a notice about the candidate and the sponsoring committee and other details on every page? If not a requirement, it would be a good thing, especially in politics.

I like the blue backdrop and the silhouetted skyline; assume that it is recognizably Philly?

All on Mac Firefox 1.4 beta. I can check with others later, if you like.

   
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David, this is a dreadful site. I presume it is one you wish to complain about? In which case you are right. I don't have Flash plugin on FireFox (1.5 beta), but the home page (if you can call it that, as it lacks content) is wider than my 1280 wide screen. Yet on IE6 it fits well within the screen - and the Flash seems to be about Pretzels??? On inner pages the contrast is wrong, and there is no padding around images. Plenty of other problems,too. The javascript rollovers don't work - and why, if they use CSS elsewhere, is css not used for the menu bar.

   
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No problems with the Javascript, regardless of browser?
Ah. I thought the page looked a bit blank. Yes I have Javascript turned off.

   
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:22 PM   #9
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I viewed the site with Opera 8.5 in Linux, Flash and Javascript enabled. The page required horizontal scrolling--my browser window is a bit smaller than 1024 by 768. The type on the inside pages was too small, had not enough contrast, and was hard to read. A small bottom strip of the candidate's picture was separated from the top by a white band that separated the picture across the top from the links. The strip looked odd.

I don't like political sites that don't mention the candidate's party affiliation and who is sponsoring the site. I feel like they're trying to fool us.

Opera 8.x has a terrific feature that lets you click on a button for Fit to Window Width. With that I was able to eliminate horizontal scrolling, but most Web surfers aren't using Opera. I turned off Flash and Javascript to see what would happen. Without Javascript, I noticed no difference. Without Flash, there was a huge empty space where the Flash "Philadelphia Icons" go. If you miss the first Flash screen (Philadelphia Icons), it seems odd to see cheese steak and pretzels--looks like ads for a fast-food outfit.
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Old 09-29-2005, 07:51 AM   #10
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Yes, this is a dreadful site, but of course the campaign is using volunteer help, rather than a paid developer.

I knew that by posting the URL here I would get much useful feedback, but even at first glance, I did not like this site. Their excuse may be that the site is not finished yet, but a poor design and a poor implementation will not be cured by additional content, only by starting over.
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