Usability critique please?

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Recently made and would appreciate your views as

I have only thought to test this on my iMac and have not seen it under
MSIE/Windows, does the site perform and look okay here?

Also, would you say it is usable and user-friendly?

I have recently changed it and am getting less hits, maybe search
engine issues but I would appreciate a design and usability critique!

Thanks a lot,


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  Works fine in Mozilla, IE6 and Opera7. Although I do not have a Mac so I
cannot say if it actually looks the same.

- Should be using Strict, not Transitional, for new sites
- No background color given. My non-white default does not match your
color scheme
- If the viewport is narrower than the fixed-width layout (why?), the
content disappears off the left.
- A separator between (|, ::, -, etc) the list of "Beer price ..." along
the bottom. It all smears together otherwise.
- Font size is set to 10px, 63% of my preferred size. Default should be
100% (usually 16px). Also px units are not resizeable in IE.
- Excessive use of position:absolute. Or rather the use of px
(non-scaling) for position units rather than ems. Increase the font size
by 150% and see what happens.

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Re: Usability critique please?

Here's some of my advice (some of it repeat):
* Use *LARGE* text for things like a quick introduction or if you are
trying to emphazize a certain text element.
* Use *small* text for things like a fine print in your footer.
* Use EM, %, or PT, but don't use PX. As Jim said, you can't resize
text in MSIE that has been set in CSS with PX.
* For normal text, leave it at 100% or 1em.

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red_dragon2983 wrote:

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Change that to:
* Use EM, or %, but don't use PX or PT. As Jim said, you can't resize
text in MSIE that has been set in CSS with PX or PT.

Points are for printing.

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That's a very good idea. IE (some versions) have a problem resizing em
though. Stick with percentages.

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Well, now I know something new! :)
Okay, so use them in *printer* stylesheets if possible.

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Noted that.

Mark Seymour

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I think it is nice idea, but...

,------[ Results page for my preferred area ]
| Region not found or not specified
| You have eithor.....
|    o Not chosen a country,
|    o Spelt it incorrectly, OR
|    o Followed a broken link.

None of all that. I just choose an option *you* gave me. Leave out what is  
not there, will you. This is very unfriendly for your visitors.

For the rest:

BTW: there is a newsgroup especially for getting critiques:  

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On 1 May 2006 11:36:55 -0700, wrote:

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The first page made me rollup!

"The Price of a Pint" (with a clear illustration of a pint of beer)
followed by "Afghanistan", a notoriously conformist Islamic country.
On case you didn't know, the use and consumption of alcohol is
strictly forbidden under Islam!

The advert for Firefox obscures some of the text, I suggest losing the

The front page doesn't resize. Oh so typical!

Got an error when trying to add the price of a pint.

The lack of verification on submitted data renders the information
worse than useless.


Veritas Vincti

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Okay, thanks the insite.

Will work on making the front page re-sizeable, the advert is gone and
now the select-country listbox shows a random country rather than
defaulting to Afganistan, good point!

RE. Validation, I considered this and thought anyone who wants to trick
it is going to be able to, validation or not. Instead suspicious prices
are flagged up for me - so presumably your efforts to flaw the price in
Afganistan have been deleted :)

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