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RMIT Web Review - Assessment (1998-10-06)

RMIT Alumni: http://www.alumni.rmit.edu.au

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 smart but cluttered looking site - poor in performance.

A high image burden (82 Kbytes) and perhaps a poor performing server meant that on the day of testing, every option tested failed to down load before being timed out. You will lose most people after 10 seconds so we do not recommend an image burden of more than 30 Kbytes. If you must use such high end graphics good practice is to provide a text only option. (See below)

It was pleasing to see that issues of privacy had been addressed although a privacy statement about the data collected could not be found and there was no useful metadata.

Accessibility problems include:

  1. No text only option,
  2. Cluttered text
  3. Font size too small
  4. No clear instructions
  5. No ALT tags to images

In a text-mode web browser The home page looks like this:

   [INLINE]
     [How do I use this site?....] __
   
   [INLINE]
   Click here to register now!
   Don't forget to register
   Don't forget to register
   [INLINE]
   Don't forget to register
   Don't forget to register
   [INLINE]
   Welcome RMIT Alumni
   [INLINE]
   RMIT is the first university in Australia to provide on-line:
   [INLINE]
   [INLINE] a directory and yearbook of RMIT alumni
   [INLINE] a job exchange [INLINE] 'ask the expert' mentoring program
   [INLINE] bulletin boards [INLINE] an electronic newsletter [INLINE]
   plus you can join one of the
   alumni networks, check out activities in
   what's on and meet some of RMIT's successful graduates in the
   hall of fame.
   [INLINE]
   The RMIT Alumni Office is in touch with more than 75,000 alumni around
   the globe. Alumni Program, Government of Victoria, Australia
   Register now, and you can start networking with some of these alumni. Get in touch with colleagues in your profession, renew
   friendships from your student days and stay connected to RMIT. Tell
   friends you studied with to
   register too.
   [INLINE]
   To protect your
   privacy, full access to the directory, yearbook and other on-line services
   is only available to registered RMIT alumni, students and staff.
   Don't forget to register
   Don't forget to register
   To the RMIT University home page
   [LINK]
   [LINK]
   [INLINE]
   Trezohr website traffic
analysis

Download Time

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

URL
Size
Time (seconds)
http://www.alumni.rmit.edu.au/ 7.77 K 2.16
../blank.gif 0.05 ---
../go.gif 0.361 0.1
../alumnianim.gif 41.399 11.5
ppl0.jpg 1.254 3.24
ppl3a.jpg 0.788 0.2
ppl1.jpg 8.789 2.4
ppl3.jpg 4.608 1.2
title.gif 3.201 0.9
../bullet.gif 0.105 0.02
jeff.gif 1.569 0.4
ppl2.jpg 8.845 2.3
ppl4.jpg 1.573 0.4
../rmit.gif 1.231 0.4
text2.gif 0.744 0.2
text1.gif 0.498 0.2
Total
82.79 K
25.65
HTTP Request Delays

8.50
Total + Delays

34.12

Accessibility Suggestions

  1. Provide alternative text for all images
    Line 17: <IMG SRC='../blank.gif' WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 41: <TD ROWSPAN=2 ALIGN="RIGHT"><IMG SRC='../blank.gif' WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR><A HREF="../register/"><IMG BORDER=0 ALT="Click here to register now!" WIDTH=180 HEIGHT=61 SRC="../alumnianim.gif"></A></TD>
    Line 46: <TD><IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=1><BR></TD>
    Line 51: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=381 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 53: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 55: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 58: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 61: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 63: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 66: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 68: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 72: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 76: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 82: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 101: <A HREF="mailto:alumni@rmit.edu.au"><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="text2.gif" VSPACE=0 WIDTH=136 HEIGHT=75></A><BR>
    Line 105: <A HREF="../disclaimer/"><IMG BORDER=0 VSPACE=0 HSPACE=4 SRC="text1.gif" WIDTH=162 HEIGHT=36></A><BR>
    Line 106: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=3><BR>

Browser CompatibilitySuggestions

  1. Unknown attribute VALUE in element META for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 5: <META NAME="description" VALUE="The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.">
    Line 6: <META NAME="keywords" VALUE="no, keywords">
    Line 12: <META NAME="developer" VALUE=".g.0.d.">

  2. Unknown attribute BORDER in element INPUT for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 40: </SELECT><INPUT TYPE="IMAGE" ALIGN="TOP" BORDER=0 HSPACE=4 WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=24 ALT="go" SRC="../go.gif"><BR></TD></FORM>

  3. Unknown attribute HEIGHT in element INPUT for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 40: </SELECT><INPUT TYPE="IMAGE" ALIGN="TOP" BORDER=0 HSPACE=4 WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=24 ALT="go" SRC="../go.gif"><BR></TD></FORM>

  4. Required attribute ALT is missing from tag IMG for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 17: <IMG SRC='../blank.gif' WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 41: <TD ROWSPAN=2 ALIGN="RIGHT"><IMG SRC='../blank.gif' WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR><A HREF="../register/"><IMG BORDER=0 ALT="Click here to register now!" WIDTH=180 HEIGHT=61 SRC="../alumnianim.gif"></A></TD>
    Line 46: <TD><IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=1><BR></TD>
    Line 51: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=381 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 53: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=6><BR>
    Line 55: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 58: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 61: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 63: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 66: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 68: <TD><IMG WIDTH=8 HEIGHT=10 SRC="../bullet.gif" BORDER=0></TD>
    Line 72: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 76: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 82: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=7><BR>
    Line 101: <A HREF="mailto:alumni@rmit.edu.au"><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="text2.gif" VSPACE=0 WIDTH=136 HEIGHT=75></A><BR>
    Line 105: <A HREF="../disclaimer/"><IMG BORDER=0 VSPACE=0 HSPACE=4 SRC="text1.gif" WIDTH=162 HEIGHT=36></A><BR>
    Line 106: <IMG SRC="../blank.gif" WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=3><BR>

  5. Unknown attribute TOPMARGIN in element BODY for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 14: <BODY BGCOLOR="#F9DFB1" LINK="#000000" VLINK="#FF6600" ALINK="#FFCC99" BACKGROUND="bg.gif" TOPMARGIN=8 LEFTMARGIN=0>

  6. Required attribute CONTENT is missing from tag META for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 5: <META NAME="description" VALUE="The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.">
    Line 6: <META NAME="keywords" VALUE="no, keywords">
    Line 12: <META NAME="developer" VALUE=".g.0.d.">

  7. Unknown attribute WIDTH in element INPUT for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 40: </SELECT><INPUT TYPE="IMAGE" ALIGN="TOP" BORDER=0 HSPACE=4 WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=24 ALT="go" SRC="../go.gif"><BR></TD></FORM>

  8. Unknown attribute HSPACE in element INPUT for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 40: </SELECT><INPUT TYPE="IMAGE" ALIGN="TOP" BORDER=0 HSPACE=4 WIDTH=50 HEIGHT=24 ALT="go" SRC="../go.gif"><BR></TD></FORM>

  9. Unknown attribute LEFTMARGIN in element BODY for browser(s): HTML 4.0
    Line 14: <BODY BGCOLOR="#F9DFB1" LINK="#000000" VLINK="#FF6600" ALINK="#FFCC99" BACKGROUND="bg.gif" TOPMARGIN=8 LEFTMARGIN=0>

Metadata:

<META VALUE="The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." NAME="description"> <META VALUE="no, keywords" NAME="keywords"> <!-- The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. --><!--no, keywords --> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires" CONTENT="0"> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> <!-- insert PICS tag here --> <META NAME="copyright" CONTENT=" 1998 RMIT University"> <META VALUE=".g.0.d." NAME="developer">

This metadata is proprietary and does not conform to emerging standards.

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