2002 Olympics - Site Review - WebReference Update - 020117
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This week we review the accessibility of the new 2002 Olympics site. Well, at least they have ALT tags.... In other news Molly talks standards, Rhodes talks info architecture, and IBM converts RTF into HTML. Dave releases Radio 8 and Macromedia revs Director. Film at 11.
New this week on WebReference.com and the Web:
1. SITE REVIEW: 2002 Olympics 2. OTHER VOICES: * Raise Your Standards * Information Architecture for the Rest of Us * Functions in PHP * Converting RTF documents into HTML documents 3. NET NEWS: * Radio 8 Released * Director 8.5 Released
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\--------------------------------------------------------------adv.-/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. SITE REVIEW: 2002 Olympics
Well, it's that time again. Another Olympics is nigh and pundits are picking the site apart. Your humble editor is no exception. First let me make clear that I love the Olympics, look forward to it every time it happens (the games that is), and would love to go, again. However, being the world-wide games that they are certain accessibility and usability minimums surely apply to the web site. Speaking of Shirley...
Shirley from Brainstorms and Raves starts us off with a scathing review about the new 2002 Olympics site. Hat tip to Meryl.net.
* Performance Problems
* Black Links
* META/TITLE Tags
The site doesn't use META tags. Guess they think this is a one- time thing and traffic won't be a problem.
Here are some sample titles:
Olympics Frame Top SLOC - Cover Front Page 3:11 PM ET Thursday, January 17, 2002
This is useful if I happen to not know the current date and time.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. OTHER VOICES: Raise Your Standards, Information Architecture for the Rest of Us, Functions in PHP, Converting RTF documents into HTML documents
* Raise Your Standards
At the very least, you should know what the recommendations are and understand them. Once you know the rules, you have more freedom to innovate and break them, or follow them to find out how adherence can strengthen your work. http://www.webtechniques.com/archives/2002/02/desi/ Web Techniques, Feb. 2002 Issue
* Information Architecture for the Rest of Us
John Rhodes explains information architecture in a simple and clear way. http://webword.com/moving/restofus.html Web Word, Jan. 17, 2002
* Functions in PHP
Modularize your code with PHP's functions. http://webdeveloper.earthweb.com/servdev/article/0,,12111_956891,00.html Earthweb.com, Jan. 17, 2002
* Converting RTF documents into HTML documents
Use XML as an intermediary for the fastest way to put legacy RTF documents on the Web. http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-tiprtf/index.html IBM.com, Jan. 2002
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. NET NEWS: Radio 8, Director 8.5
* 'The Web's Typewriter' - UserLand Software Introduces a New Publishing And Knowledge Management Tool to Desktop Users
Version 8 is out and it's a doozy. If you haven't tried Radio, you don't know what you're missing. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020116/sfw010a_1.html Yahoo.com/PR Newswire, Userland Software, Jan. 16, 2002
* Macromedia Updates Director 8.5, Shockwave
Macromedia has revved Shockwave to support anti-aliasing for 3D graphics, and Windows XP compatibility. A native Mac OS X version is slated for later this month. http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article/0,,10_957431,00.html Internetnews.com, Jan. 2002
That's it for this week, see you next time.
Andrew King Newsletter Editor, WebReference.com aking at internet dot com
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