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Aaargh .. Whatever happened to Bobby?

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 21:17:10 +0000 (GMT)
To: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0102122053080.918-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

I've just visited Bobby for the first time in - I forget how long.
What a ghastly mess!

The first thing that happened was a long wait for Netscape to display
the page[1].  This was repeated later whenever I used the back button
to return to <URL:http://www.cast.org/bobby/>, indicating that the
page's labyrinthine construction is the main culprit.

When the page finally displayed, it showed most of the symptoms of a
poorly-written 1997 kool-deziner page.  A look at the source confirms
a wealth of the worst legacy markup: tables-for-layout, liberal use of
<FONT>, spacer GIFs, etc (as well as several hundred blank lines at
the top: is this some stupid hide-source trick?).  

Furthermore, not only is the HTML a mess, but the backend is broken.
Many of the options there, including the "Change Interface" link
and the "Site Tools" select box, generated internal server errors
whenever I tried them - for example:

Error Diagnostic Information

 An error occurred while evaluating the expression: 


 Error near line 34, column 20.

 Error resolving parameter SESSION.LASTPAGE

I've put a screendump of what Netscape 4.7 displays at
Lynx is a little better, but still looks extremely silly.

Conclusion: what can I say?  How can anyone take this seriously?

[1] This is a FreeBSD box, and doesn't have enough RAM to run Mozilla -
so I'm a mild case of requiring accessibility myself.

Nick Kew

Is your site a lawsuit waiting to happen?
See <URL:http://valet.webthing.com/intranet/> before it's too late.
Received on Monday, 12 February 2001 16:17:29 UTC

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