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RMIT Web Review - Assessment

The Faculty of Art, Design and Communication http://www.rmit.EDU.AU/departments/fa/

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

The assessment of the Faculty of Art, Design and Communication site should be compared to that of the Faculty of Biomedical & Health Sciences & Nursing. Both sites share many of the same encoding errors and accessibility problems.

One might reasonably expect a more interesting screen display from this Faculty. Like the Faculty of Applied Science, this is a screen anchored in paper based conventions in layout, in content and therefore has little screen integrity. The problem is made worse by the use of a set of six graphic buttons on the left without ALT tags and which appear to have been cut and pasted from another (perhaps earlier) site. These buttons serve no useful purpose other than leading back to the RMIT home screen. One doesn't work, another has an annoying looping animation and links to an out of date list of defunct sites. They also create an unacceptable file size burden by adding up to 61.02K giving the screen a 25.45 second download time.

The main large font links in this screen have not been checked for currency and with the exception of Creative Media, create an overall feeling of neglect.

Almost a third of the site is taken up with course information and Faculty policy statements. Other faculty related sites are not explained and generally out of date.

Like the Faculty of Applied Science, there is no contact information (phone or address) other than an email to Mark Snell. This information is buried deeper in the site.

Download Time

The down load time for this screen was not within the recommended range.

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.rmit.EDU.AU/departments/fa/ 7.01 K 1.95
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/RMITlogoArtFac.10.jpg 13.83 K 3.84
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg 1.10 K 0.31
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Index.10.jpg 0.36 K 0.10
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/IndexText.10.jpg 0.55 K 0.15
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutRMITDim.20.jpg 1.25 K 0.35
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutTextDim.10.jpg 1.62 K 0.45
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/People.30.jpg 0.32 K 0.09
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/PeopleText.10.jpg 0.34 K 0.10
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryAni.20.gif 6.83 K 1.90
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryText.10.jpg 0.49 K 0.14
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Back.10.jpg 2.33 K 0.65
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackFacultyText.10.jpg 3.13 K 0.87
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackBack.10.jpg 2.45 K 0.68
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackHomepageText.10.jpg 3.53 K 0.98
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/RMITlogoArtFac1.10.jpg 14.39 K 4.00
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/rmitsmll.gif 1.49 K 0.41
Total
61.02 K
16.95
HTTP Request Delays

8.50
Total + Delays

25.45

Accessibility Suggestions:

  1. Provide alternative text for all images
    Line 23: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Index/Index.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Index.10.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/IndexText.10.jpg" BORDER=0></A><BR>
    Line 25: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutRMITDim.20.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutTextDim.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 27: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/People/People.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/People.30.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/PeopleText.10.jpg" BORDER=0></A><BR>
    Line 29: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Gallery/Gallery.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryAni.20.gif" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 31: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Faculties.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Back.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackFacultyText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 33: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackBack.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackHomepageText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>

  2. Only the body colour is defined. Good practice is to define all colours, otherwise confusion with default colours can arise.
  3. Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the text

  4. 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. Unknown attribute VALIGN in element IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 15: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/RMITlogoArtFac.10.jpg" VALIGN=TOP BORDER=0 ALT="Faculties"><BR>

  2. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 23: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Index/Index.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Index.10.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/IndexText.10.jpg" BORDER=0></A><BR>
    Line 25: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutRMITDim.20.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/AboutTextDim.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 27: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/People/People.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/People.30.jpg" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/PeopleText.10.jpg" BORDER=0></A><BR>
    Line 29: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Gallery/Gallery.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryAni.20.gif" BORDER=0><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/GalleryText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 31: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Faculties.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Back.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackFacultyText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 33: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackBack.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackHomepageText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>

  3. The closing tag of the FONT element can not contain attributes for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 47: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://cs.art.rmit.edu.au/">Communication Studies</A></Font size=5><BR>
    Line 52: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://www.tcm.rmit.edu.au/">Creative Media</A></Font size=5><BR>
    Line 54: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/fa/Fashion/Textiles/index.html">Fashion and Textile Design</A></Font size=5><BR>
    Line 57: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/fa/Fineart/fineart.html">Fine Art</A></Font size=5><BR>
    Line 60: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://Saturn.art.rmit.edu.au">Printing</a></Font size=5><BR>
    Line 62: <Font size=5>* Visual Arts and Display</Font size=5><BR>
    Line 64: <Font size=5>* <A HREF = "http://www.viscom.rmit.edu.au/">Visual Communication</A></Font size=5><BR>

  4. Unknown attribute BORDER in element TD for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 38: <td WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=232 VALIGN=TOP BORDER=0>

  5. Unknown attribute /A in element IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 31: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au/Faculties.10.html"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Back.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackFacultyText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 33: <IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/Filler.jpg" BORDER=0><A HREF="http://www.rmit.edu.au"><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackBack.10.jpg" BORDER=0 /A><IMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/BackHomepageText.10.jpg" BORDER=0><BR>
    Line 43: <iMG SRC="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/RMITlogoArtFac1.10.jpg" BORDER=0 ALT="RMIT Faculty Of Art, Design and Visual Communication" /A><BR>

Metadata:

<META NAME="description" CONTENT="RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Faculty of Art, Design and Communication"> <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT University Victoria Australia Art Design Communication">

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