Comments on Python Redesign

Tim Parkin tim.parkin at pollenationinternet.com
Sun Sep 7 13:42:19 CEST 2003


Terry Ready said:
> YUCK< YUCK< YUCK.
> <snip>
> The pollenation site is one of the worst I have seen.  The mockup page
> has teeny type that IE will not enlarge.
> <snip>
> I care that the site remain physically readable and that it remain a
> vehicle for information rather than childish egos.
> <snip>
> Using IE6, I need a magnifying glass
> to read this page.  This is done in the arrogant style of 'we know
> better than you what type size you should have'.  Also known as the
> 'control the user experience' school.  Awful.  For me, one of the
> worse pages I have ever seen.  Anti-Pythonic.
>
> > interior page:
> Only slightly better.  The low contrast gray-on-gray comments page is
> also barely readable.  (Others reported the same.)  For my
> less-than-perfect 50+ year-old eyes, it is physically the WORST
> comments page I have ever seen.  It is a case study in
> anti-accessibility design.  The person responsible should not touch
> our site.

Perhaps the people who have commented on the site should realise it's a
proposal and a work in progress. As constructive comments go the only
feedback I have gathered is that the fonts are too small and the
contrast is
a little low. I've adjusted contrast on key elements and also increased
the
font size. These pages are here :

http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-main-2.html
http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-interior-2.html

also bearing in mind that the html page will be accessible and hence
allow
text resizing here is a sample of +1 text size.

http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-main-2larger.html
http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-interior-2larger.html

Also, Terry, the design was an 'image', a 'mockup', a 'png' to be
specific,
it did not dictate font size. As far as accessibility is concerned, the
only
problem was the contrast and the font size both of which I've changed as
I
agree they were too low and too small respectively.

Although I agree that the font size should be bigger, the current site
is
not an exemplar of accessibility. The following example taken from the
interior page I have shown.The first is in comparison with my original
design, the second show a comparison with the amendments showing normal
and
+1 font sizing. (the text on my samples may benefit from increasing the
line
height using css)

http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-text-comparison-new.gif
http://pollenation.net/assets/public/python-text-comparison.gif

As a side note, I haven't been to any school of 'control the user
experience'. Furthermore I think making comments such as accusing me of
having a 'childish ego' and being 'arrogant' are IMO extremely
disrespectful
and I would appreciate an apology. I am quite hurt and dissapointed to
see
such coments on what I had considered a respectable forum for discussion
although I'm sure they are not representative.

Tim Parkin

Terry:
> I otherwise do not have too much concern about particulars and
therefore
> not much to contribute.








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