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Auriga
06-27-2005, 11:40 AM
Ok, i suppose i'd better take the brave step and ask for 'critique' of my site.

Good point bad points welcome, i can take 'em! (tissues at the ready!).

I know some sections are scarcely filled with content but that'll take time.

http://www.auriga.org.uk

*bites nails*

Grant Palin
06-27-2005, 05:13 PM
First glance - I like it!

The colour scheme is good, you seem to be using good complemantary colours. Although the page header is very different from the rest of the page...you miught want to use a colour similar to what's on the page already for some more unity.

The left navigation is nice. One suggestion is to somehow highlight the link for the current page, so the visitor would know where they are in the site. It's a usability thing.

I also like the right sidebar, which shows additional information for the current page. Although you might want to move the validation links to the bottom of the page, or make them smaller. They seem to overpower the content of that sidebar on some pages, or take over altogether when there is no content for the sidebar (e.g. the "What is PHP" page).

I do have one quibble so far with your navigation sidebar. I notice from the source that you are using paragraphs as headers in the navigation section:


<p class="sideBarTitle">Main Navigation</p>


From a semantics standpoint, I think you should use maybe an h4 element instead of a paragraph, and style it appropriately. And in fact, you don't need the class at all, since those headers would be located in the navigation div:


<div class="leftSideBar">

Just add a rule in your stylesheet - you are using stylesheets right??? :p - to style any h4's that are inside that container div.

Which brings up another point - you navigation div is named "leftSideBar". A more generic name might be better, perhaps "navigation". Then you could change the location of the navigation if you wanted to - put it on the right of the page, or a horizontal bar along the top - and still maintain meaning.

Anyway, that's enough from me for now. It's so rare I get to these posts first, I just had to point out the most obvious things (to me, anyway).

Auriga
06-28-2005, 07:50 AM
Quite a positive reply there - thankyou! :thumbsup:

I shall look into the suggestions you made and see if i can implement any.

Cheers!

Auriga
06-28-2005, 12:52 PM
Have now changed the validation buttons.

Looks better?

WebPlaya
06-28-2005, 04:10 PM
The left navigation is nice. One suggestion is to somehow highlight the link for the current page, so the visitor would know where they are in the site. It's a usability thing.


Hey man.. not to bash anyone or anything.. but it's funny (as a good humor) that how your own site doesn't even do that.. lol.. ;) :rolleyes: :p :D :thumbsup:

Grant Palin
06-28-2005, 05:03 PM
Have now changed the validation buttons.

Looks better?

Yes, it's less powerful now. I might still suggest you move them into your footer or the bottom of your left sidebar, since they're not really page content. Just my opinion.


Hey man.. not to bash anyone or anything.. but it's funny (as a good humor) that how your own site doesn't even do that.. lol.. ;) :rolleyes: :p :D :thumbsup:

Yeah I must be looking quite the hypocrite there if I don't practice what I preach! :p :D

A very good point - if my site were finished, that is. But it's not. My signature even says it's only 75% complete!

I'm still working out some kinks with the styles - mainly cross-browser issues (IE, of course). In Firefox, the tabs on the top are styled to be partially transparent normally, and show as opaque (not at all transparent) for the current page. But IE doesn't use the same transparency rules that other browsers do. It's on my list of things to fix before I'll really consider my site complete.

Auriga
06-30-2005, 02:11 PM
The validation buttons do look out of place on some pages.

I will shift them to the other side.

After i get back from a week in spain! - feet up time 1st!

ronaldb66
06-30-2005, 02:50 PM
Just a couple of cents to throw in:

Not really a surprising layout, but totally functional; you took a brave step to go back to fully liquid again. Line lengths in the center column tend to get a bit tall in larger resolutions; you may want to consider increasing white space along with increased width (percentage values).

The color scheme is fairly unusual, but very refreshing and it seems to work well. The brownish red header looks good, although it could do with a touch of embellishment (yeah, I'm that great with PhotoShop, too... :( ).
The white in the header text could be replaced with a very light shade of the tan used in the rest of the site; as Grant Palin already mentioned, it would be a good idea to pull the red down in there, too, as accent color on, like, links.

Lastly, I always feel a little claustrophobic when everything runs smack into the window edges; consider pulling it in a bit to create some air.

Auriga
06-30-2005, 02:53 PM
Thanks Ronald, yes graphics is by no means my strong point (can you tell!)

Looks like i just need to make a few small changes when i get back.

I'll keep my list of changes safe!

JamieR
06-30-2005, 03:00 PM
;) :rolleyes: :p :D :thumbsup:

:rolleyes:

Well, I quite like the website overall - looks clean and functional. :)

Auriga
06-30-2005, 03:11 PM
Which is exactly what i was after weazel.

Clean, crisp, fresh, easy to navigate and simple.

:thumbsup:

little_toaster
06-30-2005, 04:14 PM
very clean lines and good communitive layout!

i dislike the red(but it dooes wrk!), but this aside great job! :)



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