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RMIT Web Review - Assessment 1998-09-07

Faculty of Applied Science http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/as/

This screen has been assessed according to a working set of criteria available [on-line} at:

http://www.cinemedia.net/FOD/DuckDigital/criteria.html

Heuristic overview

This is a screen anchored in paper based conventions in layout, in content and therfore has little screen integrity. However, in its simplicity it outperforms several of the University's more `cyber-like' sites. Although it carries no metadata it provides a contact name and on-screen email as well as a last update date. Aesthetically it consists of a paragraph of plain text sitting above two lists of links in default colours. The lack of ALT tags to images, even though they are only dots and lines is the main accessibility and browser compatibility problem.

As a primary point of contact with this faculty the screen should include other points of contact than an email such as a phone number and an address.

Download Time

The down load time for this screen was within the recommended range.

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/as/ 4.65 K 1.29
rmitlogo.jpg 14.68 K 4.08
hline.gif 2.43 K 0.68
asbludot.gif 0.93 K 0.26
dots.gif 1.06 K 0.30
tandl.gif 1.01 K 0.28
construc.gif 4.71 K 1.31
Total
29.48 K
8.19
HTTP Request Delays

3.50
Total + Delays

11.69

Accessibility Suggestions:

  1. Provide alternative text for all images
    Line 30: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"> </p>
    Line 34: <p><img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 37: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 39: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 41: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 43: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a HREF="foodsci/index.html">Food
    Line 45: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 47: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 49: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 52: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 55: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 57: <p><img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a HREF="dean/dean.htm">
    Line 58: Office Of The Dean</a><img SRC="dots.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" width="73" height="16"><br>
    Line 59: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> Location of Faculty Offices<br>
    Line 60: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> Teaching and Learning
    Line 63: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> <a HREF="degree.htm">Multi-Major
    Line 65: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> <a HREF="ppse/indexPPSE.html">Program
    Line 68: <img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 70: <p><img SRC="tandl.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" WIDTH="55">Follow this link to the <a
    Line 74: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 76: <p><img SRC="construc.gif" ALIGN="RIGHT" width="110" height="87"><br>

  2. The convention of using the RMIT Logo as a link to RMIT home should be followed as per Webmaster's style guide.
  3. <img ALT="RMITLOGO.JPG" WIDTH="466" HEIGHT="70" SRC="rmitlogo.jpg"> should be changed to correct syntax <img SRC="rmitlogo.jpg" ALT="RMIT LOGO" WIDTH="466" HEIGHT="70">
  4. Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the text

  5. Create link phrases that make sense when read out of context
    Line 61: Strategy. Click <a HREF="tandl/tlstrat.zip">here</a> to download (WFW6) or <a
    Line 62: HREF="tandl/tlstrat.htm">here</a> to read.<br>

Browser Compatibility Suggestions:

  1. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 30: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"> </p>
    Line 34: <p><img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 37: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 39: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 41: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 43: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a HREF="foodsci/index.html">Food
    Line 45: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 47: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 49: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 52: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a
    Line 55: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 57: <p><img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"><a HREF="dean/dean.htm">
    Line 58: Office Of The Dean</a><img SRC="dots.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" width="73" height="16"><br>
    Line 59: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> Location of Faculty Offices<br>
    Line 60: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> Teaching and Learning
    Line 63: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> <a HREF="degree.htm">Multi-Major
    Line 65: <img SRC="asbludot.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" width="51" height="16"> <a HREF="ppse/indexPPSE.html">Program
    Line 68: <img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 70: <p><img SRC="tandl.gif" ALIGN="LEFT" WIDTH="55">Follow this link to the <a
    Line 74: <p><img SRC="hline.gif" width="576" height="5"></p>
    Line 76: <p><img SRC="construc.gif" ALIGN="RIGHT" width="110" height="87"><br>

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