Friday, 9 February 2007

Don’t confuse the message



Design should not obscure the message.

Here’s a web page whose purpose is to help parents and carers in Yorkshire know if their children’s school has been closed due to bad weather.

How many parents or carers do you think will suppose that the school is closed?

In fact the "closed" message is just fancy artwork and conveys no particular information about any school. There are no schools closed at all.

The actual URL was: http://www.ridingsfm.co.uk/pages/home.asp?pageid=275&servername=www.ridingsfm.co.uk

You have to wonder why servername is part of the url… maybe it is to support vhosting for no-cookie http 0.9 clients?

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