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RMIT Web Review - Assessment

International Division http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/

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

A clear opening screen with good spatial integrity leads to a site that demonstrates many examples of good practice: the site map, alternative text links, clear branding, simple layout, quick download.

It is curious that a site aimed at international students does not have LOTE options.

Some Suggestions:

Download Time

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

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/ 9.15 K 2.54
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/rmit-tl.gif 1.78 K 0.50
Divmap98.GIF 17.49 K 4.86
http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/RMITUsmll.gif 1.43 K 0.40
Total
29.85 K
8.29
HTTP Request Delays

2.00
Total + Delays

10.29

Accessibility Suggestions

  1. Provide alternative text for all image map hot-spots
    Line 58: border="0" width="580" height="295" startspan --><MAP NAME="FrontPageMap"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="39, 34, 198, 75" HREF="http://www.training.rmit.edu.au/cell/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="193, 1, 384, 33" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/is/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="308, 230, 471, 264" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/aboutaus.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="4, 249, 71, 266" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/siteguid.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="5, 229, 70, 248" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/sitemap.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="518, 222, 545, 262" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/qualpol.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="116, 229, 293, 264" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="355, 184, 560, 220" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/aboutip.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="375, 126, 579, 174" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/ciss/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="22, 178, 211, 223" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/iprc/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="8, 134, 165, 170" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/Penang/INDEX.HTM"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="373, 81, 571, 114" HREF="http://www.studyabroad.com/rmit/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="355, 35, 547, 69" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/foundat/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="13, 79, 173, 124" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/EAC/INDEX.HTM"></MAP><a

  2. Specify a logical tab order among form controls
    Lines 116-118: size="2" face="Trebuchet MS"><select name="url" size="1" onchange="window.location=this.options[selectedIndex].value">
    Lines 131-132: </font><font size="2"></span><input type="submit" value="Take Me There!"></font></p>

  3. Client-side image map FrontPageMap contains a link http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/qualpol.htm not presented elsewhere on the page

  4. Associate labels with their form controls
    Lines 116-118: size="2" face="Trebuchet MS"><select name="url" size="1" onchange="window.location=this.options[selectedIndex].value">

  5. Use the LANG attribute to identify the language of the text

  6. If possible, avoid using tables to format text documents in columns

  7. Client-side image map FrontPageMap contains a link http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/iprc/index.htm not presented elsewhere on the page

Browser Compatibility Suggestions:

  1. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag AREA for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 58: border="0" width="580" height="295" startspan --><MAP NAME="FrontPageMap"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="39, 34, 198, 75" HREF="http://www.training.rmit.edu.au/cell/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="193, 1, 384, 33" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/is/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="308, 230, 471, 264" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/aboutaus.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="4, 249, 71, 266" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/siteguid.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="5, 229, 70, 248" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/sitemap.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="518, 222, 545, 262" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/qualpol.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="116, 229, 293, 264" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/division/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="355, 184, 560, 220" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/aboutip.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="375, 126, 579, 174" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/ciss/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="22, 178, 211, 223" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/iprc/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="8, 134, 165, 170" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/Penang/INDEX.HTM"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="373, 81, 571, 114" HREF="http://www.studyabroad.com/rmit/"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="355, 35, 547, 69" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/foundat/index.htm"><AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="13, 79, 173, 124" HREF="http://www.ip.rmit.edu.au/internat/EAC/INDEX.HTM"></MAP><a

  2. Unknown attribute HEIGHT in element TABLE for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Lines 108-109: <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" height="100%">

  3. Unknown attribute BACKGROUND in element TD for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 35: <td align="right" width="84%" background="rmitBG-bl.gif"><font

  4. Unknown attribute START in element IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Lines 31-34: href="http://www.rmit.edu.au/"><img src="http://www.rmit.edu.au/images/rmit-tl.gif" alt="RMIT University" border="0" width="101" height="47" start="fileopen"></a></td>

Metadata:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> <meta name="description" content="RMIT's International Division invites international students to apply for degrees, English language courses and bridging programs. The division also deals with study abroad, student exchanges and the University's campuses abroad in Penang and Wuhan."> <meta name="keywords" content="university Australia international division universities course courses degree degrees exchange exchanges studies study abroad Australian undergraduate undergraduates post-graduate post graduates graduation learning learn certificate certificates diploma diplomas masters PhD doctor of philosophy career careers overseas foreign country countries"> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 2.0"> <title>RMIT International Division: Study in Australia; get your degree at RMIT University</title> <meta name="FORMATTER" content="Microsoft FrontPage 2.0">

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