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Re: Why this web page is so furiously fast?

  • Subject: Re: Why this web page is so furiously fast?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 12:34:28 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.html
  • References: <428fd700@quokka.wn.com.au> <Uqqdna3kyv2dRRLfRVn-2g@pghconnect.com> <d6p2p6$t9m$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <BEB67C9A.11F04%dorayme@optusnet.com.au>
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dorayme wrote:

>> From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
>>> Greg wrote:
>>>> http://www.scientique.com/
>>>> What's the trick here?
>> I can see that
>> the page is very lightweight. It did not load up instantly over here
>> though. Perhaps the server is located at your country? Perhaps it was
>> cached on your ISP's side? Or on your machine?
>> As for the page itself, menus contain no graphics. I can only spot 4
>> images, one of which is tiny. If it makes you feel any better, I can spot
>> a problem with the menus. The text doesn't fit properly and it looks
>> rather bad.
>> Roy
> It does have more pics but in fairness to you, they can't be spotted
> easily. They would be tiny. See the code and fillers like: "<img
> src="pics/pixel.jpg" width="210" height="1" border="0">"
> It did load very quickly here in Sydney via Optus on dial up. And this is
> good. Full of tables too... tut tut eh?
> As it happened, it looked perfect on my IE but a font size change either
> up or down made it degrade, especially the menu items you mention. A
> rectangle containing all the items beside the far left one, "Menu and
> Information" detached itself into a separate rectangle... I won't go on...
> This is ... how can I put it? ...ironic? no... I dunno, I am thinking here
> is a design with tables maybe to get a lot of stability and no css hanky
> panky and yet still it mucks up!
> I think I have a growing dislike of drop down, pop out, rollover anything.
> I don't know what the cause of the design fault is, have not looked into
> it. I like it's simple layout, why the hell do people spoil their designs
> when they are so close to perfection?
> Dorayme

Just to make my point a little stronger.

-Loading of the page took 4-5 seconds on a 100 MBit Ethernet connection.

-Look at the bad appearance of that menu (_default_ font size in FF 1.0.4.)


Cells are inhomogeneous in size and text spills over to a second line and
even disappears.

-Let's dissect a little deeper...

    The images at the top are bad from a usability point-of-view. They are
lifeless dummies that serve no functionality. Instead of "Back to Home
Page" at the bottom-left (with an icon that was nicked from M$ Window$),
wouldn't it be nice to return to site index using the images at the top? It
also complies with the norm, i.e. the expectancy of the visitors.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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