Re: Front Door Plan

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri Dec 19 2003 - 13:43:16 CST

On Dec 19, 2003, at 12:28 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> We have two big milestones coming up (announcement about OVC
> formation, and
> the demo). We have a lot of work to do to get our web site (Front
> Door) in
> shape.
>
> http://www.chrisgates.net
> http://www.chrisgates.net/irv/

I looked at these sites, and they are clean, although I want
to emphasize that we have far more need for content than we
have for presentation graphics. Rollovers on the links that
make things flash are hardly ever necessary, and the effort
needed to make them work is hardly ever worth it, particularly
when it is content that really drives the show during the
startup process.

Graphic artists do matter even in a "flash free" web site,
because the experience of the right graphic artist can steer
the presentation away from becoming "unreadable fog" on the
screen, get things divided up sensibly, aid good navigation
and understand how to navigate the browser war.

One thing that impressed me about the chrisgates.net sites
was that, while they made use of flashy features like
rollovers, it worked correctly under ICAB -- this suggests
that his style of use of these features is conservative;
he's not one of those web designers who makes web pages
that only work if you buy the latest Microsoft product and
enable all the security loopholes in it.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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