Originally Posted by Peter Mallett
That has to be one of the most confusing websites I've seen.
Agreed. Way too busy & lots of small red, white or yellow writing on a black back ground is VERY poor. If you used (and paid for) a web designer, ask for your money back & then shoot him.
From one of my wife's Ergonomics references (she's a H & S Ergonomist & former Computer Programmer who specialises in Computer User Interfaces & Disabled "Access")
- An uncluttered website will reinforce an organisation's credibility.
- The fact that written information is harder to read on screen than on paper (25% more reading time) should be taken into account. Thus, the text should be sufficiently spaced out.
- The text should be structured by paragraphs and titles at different levels in order to facilitate reading.
- The different pieces of information must be organised by level of importance. The most important pieces of information must appear at the top of the page.
- In order to allow visitors to take in information more easily and, in some cases to pique curiosity, it is a good idea to segment information. In particular, segmenting information can be done by having a catchline and a hypertext link that leads to the rest of the article.
- Accessibility means the ability for a website to be accessed universally, i.e. by all types of users including partially sighted and visually handicapped people. A certain number of simple accessibility rules exist and should be followed so as to give access to the greatest number of people, independant of their software or hardware configuration or their handicap.
- Colours should be chosen so that colour blind people can correctly distinguish the colours.
- Their must be enough contrast between the background colour and the text so that partially sighted people can read it.
- Font size must be adaptable so that users can enlarge the font size if necessary.
In addition, the fonts used must not be so small that they tire readers' eyes or are illegible.