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RMIT Web Review - Assessment

Faculty of Engineering http://www.rmit.EDU.AU/departments/fe/

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 site uses frames which are not recommended by the RMIT style guide because they cause accessibility problems. Good practice is to include a no frames option.

Apart from the use of frames, this site shows a clear understanding of web design with good screen integrity and clear branding. It also shows that the Faculty has a clear understanding of the needs of prospective students in providing easy request procedures and information for VCE students. The Faculty description is clear to the point and inviting. The welcome from the Dean was particularly inviting.

The effective use of a site index is admirable.

Improvements could be made by:

Download Time

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

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.rmit.EDU.AU/departments/fe/nav3.html 4.01 K 1.12
rmithead.gif 3.60 K 1.00
but1out.gif 2.00 K 0.55
but2out.gif 3.12 K 0.87
but3out.gif 1.82 K 0.50
but4out.gif 3.47 K 0.96
but5out.gif 2.10 K 0.58
but6out.gif 2.11 K 0.59
but7out.gif 2.68 K 0.75
Total
24.91 K
6.92
HTTP Request Delays

4.50
Total + Delays

11.42

Accessibility Suggestions

  1. Provide alternative text for all image map hot-spots
    Line 58: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="faculty.html" onMouseOver=Show("but1in"); onMouseOut=Show("but1out")>
    Line 59: <area shape=default>
    Line 63: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,35" href="dept2.html" onMouseOver=Show("but2in"); onMouseOut=Show("but2out")>
    Line 64: <area shape=default>
    Line 68: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="courses.html" onMouseOver=Show("but3in"); onMouseOut=Show("but3out")>
    Line 69: <area shape=default>
    Line 73: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,35" href="research.html" onMouseOver=Show("but4in"); onMouseOut=Show("but4out")>
    Line 74: <area shape=default>
    Line 78: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="prospect.html" onMouseOver=Show("but5in"); onMouseOut=Show("but5out")>
    Line 79: <area shape=default>
    Line 83: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="students.html" onMouseOver=Show("but6in"); onMouseOut=Show("but6out")>
    Line 84: <area shape=default>
    Line 88: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="youngeng/index.html" target=_top onMouseOver=Show("but7in") onMouseOut=Show("but7out")>
    Line 89: <area shape=default>

  2. Provide alternative text for all images
    Line 98: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="facult.html"><IMG SRC="but1out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but1"></a></td>
    Line 101: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="dept2.html"><IMG SRC="but2out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but2"></a></td>
    Line 105: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="courses.html"><IMG SRC="but3out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but3"></a></td>
    Line 109: <td align="CENTER"><a href="research.html"><IMG SRC="but4out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but4"></a></td>
    Line 113: <td align="CENTER"><a href="prospect.html"><IMG SRC="but5out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but5"></a></td>
    Line 117: <td align="CENTER"><a href="students.html"><IMG SRC="but6out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but6"></a></td>
    Line 120: <td align="CENTER"><a href="youngeng/index.html" target="_top"><IMG SRC="but7out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but7"></a></td> </tr>

  3. Suggest that text colours be included as confusion arises from default colours when they are not specified.
  4. Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the text

  5. Client-side image map but1 contains a link http://www.rmit.EDU.AU/departments/fe/faculty.html not presented elsewhere on the page

  6. Inactive links or severe encoding problems were found at:

    1. Unofficial Results
    2. Committee Structures
    3. Quality Unit
    4. Offices of the Dean - Role
    5. Faculty's Structure
    6. Teaching and Learning Strategy
    7. Aerospace Engineering
    8. Aerospace Technology
    9. Electrical and Control Technology
    10. Graduate School of Engineering
    11. Advanced Technolgy in Telecommunications
    12. The Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre for Aerospace Design Technology Centre Careers & Employment

Browser Compatibility Suggestions:

  1. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag AREA for browser(s): HTML 4.0
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    Line 59: <area shape=default>
    Line 63: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,35" href="dept2.html" onMouseOver=Show("but2in"); onMouseOut=Show("but2out")>
    Line 64: <area shape=default>
    Line 68: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="courses.html" onMouseOver=Show("but3in"); onMouseOut=Show("but3out")>
    Line 69: <area shape=default>
    Line 73: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,35" href="research.html" onMouseOver=Show("but4in"); onMouseOut=Show("but4out")>
    Line 74: <area shape=default>
    Line 78: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="prospect.html" onMouseOver=Show("but5in"); onMouseOut=Show("but5out")>
    Line 79: <area shape=default>
    Line 83: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="students.html" onMouseOver=Show("but6in"); onMouseOut=Show("but6out")>
    Line 84: <area shape=default>
    Line 88: <area shape=rect coords="0,0,150,20" href="youngeng/index.html" target=_top onMouseOver=Show("but7in") onMouseOut=Show("but7out")>
    Line 89: <area shape=default>

  2. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 98: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="facult.html"><IMG SRC="but1out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but1"></a></td>
    Line 101: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="dept2.html"><IMG SRC="but2out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but2"></a></td>
    Line 105: <td align="CENTER" width=30%><a href="courses.html"><IMG SRC="but3out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but3"></a></td>
    Line 109: <td align="CENTER"><a href="research.html"><IMG SRC="but4out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but4"></a></td>
    Line 113: <td align="CENTER"><a href="prospect.html"><IMG SRC="but5out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but5"></a></td>
    Line 117: <td align="CENTER"><a href="students.html"><IMG SRC="but6out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but6"></a></td>
    Line 120: <td align="CENTER"><a href="youngeng/index.html" target="_top"><IMG SRC="but7out.gif" border=0 usemap="#but7"></a></td> </tr>

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