[plug] Make The Move website launched!

Gavin Chester sales at ecosolutions.com.au
Sat Jan 6 11:11:23 WST 2007

On Sat, 2007-01-06 at 09:52 +1100, Chris Smart wrote:
> > My aging CRT had bit of a wrestle with the recommended resolution of
> > 1024x768.
> Hmm.. the site can be viewed in 800x600, but it squashes the boxes and
> there's a scrolling issue because of the floating footer. It should still
> work, but not the nicest. Might be able to fix that in the next release.

A few comments if I may:
1/ Great concept and good on you for putting in the enormous time and
effort :-);
2/ The issue of aesthetics is contentious, but I believe both the
aesthetics and screen resolution issue (ie, the 800x600 thing) could be
better satisfied by scaling down all your graphic elements on the home
page.  They could easily be 50% of the current size and still be good
looking, particularly the bar of graphics on the footer; 
3/ On that last aspect - what is the purpose of that bar of graphics?
In usability terms, it tricks me into thinking that is a a navigation
tool, but nothing happens because it's just decoration.  Small point but
a minor "gotcha";
4/ Still on that aspect ;-) - if you scale your browser window, the
floating footer is fine but the graphics bar just 'disappears' with no
scroll bar showing to get access to the now missing page content.
Tested with firefox and konqueror;
5/ More usability comment - there is no common (ie repeated) navigation
elements on the subordinate pages.  You introduce the graphics elements
on the home page to navigate to the different pages, but once on any
page there is no continuation of that thematic feature, and users seem
only to be able to navigate back to the home page via a text link.  I
suggest the pages cry out for a menu along the top or side made up of
each graphic element belonging to the different pages, so that you can
be taken to the other pages from any page.

> > Hint : not every body in the world has the most modern whiz bang display
> > units.

Hear, hear.  Until recently I ran on a PII 400MHz that I had used for
the past 10 years, albeit with a 19" CRT that cost me an am and a leg
years ago ;-).  I deride and decry the Microsoft-induced cycle of
casting-off older hardware, when it can do the job pretty well, with
patience ;-).  On that point, as commented by others, you may clarify on
your site that many 'flavours' of _cutting-edge_ linux will run on
hardware of much lower spec than required by MS Vista.  And, that there
is an appropriate versions of linux for all types of _really_ old
hardware, and even mobile phones. 

> >
> > I am looking forward to watching this web site grow.
> Hopefully time will allow me to do the things I want to with the site :)

All power to your efforts :-)


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