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    please review my site

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    I am currently doing my dissertation at university. I am doing a project dissertation on website design- elegance and style. I would be greatful if neone could view my website

    www.romauk.net

    and give me any feedback on the design of it. This will help me in the testing section of my dissertation. It is a website for a company I work for.

    do you like it/dont like it? overall design? navigation? funtionallity? colours?

    THANKS PAUL

    Email <p.langan5422@student.lmu.ac.uk>

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    First off I would give your splash page a <title></title>. Many here are going to argue that it's an extra useless step, it can antagonise visitors, for the most part they're right. However it gets the company brand out okay though... instead of making the user click on an 'enter' button (which looks quite cheesy by the way,) use some form of re-direct like a meta-refresh or something in a familiar server side language that will take you straight to the next page.

    I like the sphereical design, it's simple and appears to work. From a usability point of view it would be great if the text acompanying the graphical navigation buttons would work as an active hyperlink... it produces bigger area to hit with the mouse, thus making it easier to navigate.

    The buttons themselves appear to have the bottom shadow cut off, it's nothing major, but doesn't come across as professional.

    Why do you have certain letters and words underlined?

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    The home button should not take the user back to the splash page.

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    it is underlined to show how the company was formed. The 'ro' from roger and the 'ma' from marcus make 'roma' - 'roma publications'

    Thanks for the review!!

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    I like the oval look but I think there's too many sections - it seems daunting when you first go to the site.

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    Hi. Welcome to WDF. I'll try to not be too redundant, though I may elaborate on what others have said.

    I got the ROger MArcus = ROMA thing without your explanation. I agree with everything else Trico said.

    In reference to AJ Patel's comment, I think there are a good amount of buttoms to complete the circle. Also, I am a fan of keeping information "just a click away." But, I think you might have done it just to keep your page content in your <td>. I'm looking at this site in Safari, and the Premier Magazine page has a cut in it because you've too much content for the layout. This is very bad.

    Moving right along... your code. Woah. Colspan and rowspan are many times unnecessary. You end up having tons of <td></td><td></td> etc. ::bulk:: A little CSS will help alievate a line-by-line <font-face="Arial, Helvetica..."etc.>

    Okay, the protrude on the header/icon... I think it's over-done. I like the stained-glass-ball buttons and the rollover effect, but I would guess this is not original work. I may be wrong. It just looks like a higher level of skill than the rest of the site's graphic elements. And I don't like the shadows on them at all really, because the shadows do not change as I go around the circle.

    I've said a lot. I could say more, but I'll wait until next time.
    Shani

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    all of it is my origional work. I am not a website designer, i do not know about code. I specialise in graphics, animation and video. I made this in dreamweaver, so dont understand what you mean with <td>?

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    Hi Langan,

    Overall I like it, though I agree the 'Enter Site' button a little cheesy. Apart from that I see nothing wrong with the splash page, except the logo could be more in the middle of the page.

    Also there are few too many of the ball/butotns. I'd remove the 'Home' link as people are unlikely to want to go back to the splash page.

    Also make just one button each for the 'Premier' and 'Jersy' Magazines. Then work out some sort of sub menu for the different sections about the mags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCScene
    Colspan and rowspan are many times unnecessary. You end up having tons of <td></td><td></td> etc. ::bulk::
    In html, when you create a table, here's the heirarchy:
    HTML Code:
    <table>
       <tr>
         <td>
         </td>
       </tr>
    </table>
    <tr> is the table row, which is nestled inside the table and the <td> is the table cell nestled inside the row. Colspan (column span) and rowspan indicate that a <td> should equal whatever number of columns or rows you indicate. Basically, if you have a 5x5 table and one of your cells is to stretch the area of two columns and three rows, you'd say <td colspan=2, rowspan=3>content</td> BUT, in html, you could just as easily merge the cells and not have to deal with this extra bulk.

    Does my comment make more sense now?
    Shani

    I have an eye for detail like you'd never believe.


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