On 9/9/2005 4:33:15 AM, Christian Ziemski wrote:
>1.) It seems that the new page layout is
>coded to have a fixed width of about 800
>pixels. On higher screen resolutions
>there is much "wasted" space to the left
>and to the right. Is that by design?
Using fixed width on web page is not good idea, but unfortunately it is quite common these days.
It is much better to allow the page to scale according to viewer's window size. Not everybody use their browser in full screen mode. And more and more people access web using PDA or smart phone.
However, IF you want to set the width, it is usually better to use ems as units instead of pixels.
>2.) The font may be generally a bit
>small and in the "What's new" column it
>is not easily readable with white on
On my Netscape 7.0, the text is quite small, too.
On Internet Explorer 6, the text is much larger, perhaps twice as big. For example the top menu (on orange background) does not fit on one line unless I set Text Size setting to "Smallest". And even then, the topmost menu (on black background) does not fit in the space available, and the last menu item is not visible.
One reason may be the use of Verdana font (which is generally not recommended). Verdana is much larger than other fonts of the same point size. If the viewer does not have Verdana, the text will be much smaller than what page designer expects.
However, that does not explain the huge difference in text size in this case. I suspect the reason is the fact that Internet Explorer has very limited and buggy CSS support. Therefore it is not good idea to use too complex CSS.
As for the colors, I don't like the orange background, it causes me headache. Some less saturated color would probably be more pleasant.
In addition, there are several other problems on the new design.
- On Netscape, the address bar always contains "http://www.vedit.com/index.html" on every page, instead of showing the real page address.
- There is no visible link into the main (home) page from other pages (it took me a while to realize that the logo has the link).
I also checked the main page with HTML validator:
LOTS of errors were found.
Generally, I like the new design more than the old one, but lots of cleaning need still be done.