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    Your Opinion

    Calling all you critics and seasoned web masters!

    I've just built and posted my new company web site, and would really appreciate your candid feedback; likes, dislikes, whatever.

    To view the site go to:

    With the help of many of you posters I was able to create as site that www.mdcreative.com

    Also, thanks to all of you who responded to my questions as I built this site. With your help I was able to create a much more dynamic site.

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    I like it!
    Of course, I'm no judge - I'm not a web developer. However, from a user's point of view, I certainly enjoyed the experience. My biggest pique with sites is bad grammar. Makes any site appear unprofessional and/or lazy. Your site passed all my 'tests'. The popups were surprisingly unobstrusive and highly informative.
    Last edited by eggman; 03-24-2003 at 06:56 PM.

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    Egg Man

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Not a web developer? Hmmm. . .
    I thought this was a forum for developers? What do you do then? I'm just curious about what other types of experts are out there on the forum.

    MaFunk

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    I'm a retired programmer. Used to design fund accounting software for municipalities and utility districts. Now I just have fun. (I think I'm having fun, anyway.) It's amazing how much of life seems to go by when one is too busy making a living.

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    You have a lot of errors with your coding, the site looks fine, but the code can do with a big clean up.


    Mind you, you do have this:

    </BODY>
    </body>
    </html>

    2 body tags...


    You should have a look at www.w3.org and learn the coding standards.


    The images are also somewhat fuzzy also.


    There are quite a few other errors too.
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    I don't like that a majority of your text is unsearchable, buried in images.

    Said images are oftentimes JPG when they should be GIF

    Ian's face looks purple in the thumbnail rollover

    Since you do have so many images, you should use the IE ImageToolbar META
    <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />

    The combination of prolific image use and javascript-based navigation in places probably means your site isn't well-liked by search engines or text-only browsers.

    Code assets (javascript and CSS) can be moved to external files for easy maintenance/updates.

    A contact form would be preferable to a mailto: link.

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    Other than those complaints, I think it's a very nicely art-directed site. The color and picture are nice, and it's fairly easy to navigate.

    In short, the creativity, content and presentation are great. The technical details that make all those into a good website are what's lacking.
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    Thanks for the critiques. As you can tell I'm a novice when it comes to the technical side of web development. Now to probe further. . . If you have time. . .

    Images JPG should by GIF - Why? please explain. . .

    "Since you do have so many images, you should use the IE ImageToolbar META
    <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" /> "
    What will that do? Does it help with search engines?

    "Code assets (javascript and CSS) can be moved to external files for easy maintenance/updates. "
    How? I know that it should be quite simple, but not quite sure how to approach it.

    Two body tages - Yikes! What are the other errors?

    Images fuzzy? I saved them with lower quality so that they would load quickly. How do you get clear images without getting too fuzzy?

    Ian's face is purple? I don't see that? Hmmm.. looks like I have lots of clean up work to do.


    Keep the comments coming. . .
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    Originally posted by mafunk
    Images JPG should by GIF - Why? please explain. . .
    Well, part of that answer is here. Basically, for web-use, all non-photographic images should be saved to GIF or PNG format (If you have Photoshop, use it's "Save for Web" dialog, Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S)

    "Since you do have so many images, you should use the IE ImageToolbar META
    <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" /> "
    What will that do? Does it help with search engines?
    No, but it prevents that annoying toolbar from popping up all over the place in IE6
    How? I know that it should be quite simple, but not quite sure how to approach it.
    Read this, if you still have questions, ask
    Two body tages - Yikes! What are the other errors?
    I haven't looked closely yet.
    Images fuzzy? I saved them with lower quality so that they would load quickly. How do you get clear images without getting too fuzzy?
    This is a result from 'artifacting' caused by low-compression JPG images. Switching to GIFs or PNGs should take care of this problem. However, as I mentioned, it would be better to use HTML-text as much as possible
    Ian's face is purple? I don't see that?
    Sure looks purple to me

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    Originally posted by beetle
    Sure looks purple to me
    Nah!, it's the Incredible Hulk syndrome; you probably irritated the good Ian
    Site looks nice. In my browser I see some slight changes of size when you go from one section to another, but globally, it's ok


    Ah! , btw, trust beetle and use gif/png instead of jpg for text. maybe it will look identical, as in some texts you used good quality compression, but they will take 1/3 of the current size or even less. And without any doubt, the logo must be in gif/png too
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    You are also missing a DTD on the top of your page...

    What this does is that it tells the browser what type of code it is rendering. Such as XHTML or HTML and which version. The version will tell the browser what tags and attributes are permitted.

    Here is an example of the older HTML 4.01 DTD:

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

    You are also missing a character encoding tag. This tells the browser what character set to use. This can come in the form of the HTTP Content-Type field or XML Decloration.

    Those are the ones I noticed just by looking at it, if your interested you can see all the other errors the W3C validator picked up. Click Here
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    I don't like the instant fade-out rollovers. It fades in nice & slow then when u mouseout...BAAM! It just turns off, maybe you can make it fade out? Roy has some good scripts that fade.

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    I see you have left the dynamic drive credit for the scroller on the portfolio page .. Good thing to see!

    As for the design side, very nice.. clean , professional.
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    Originally posted by oracleguy
    Those are the ones I noticed just by looking at it, if your interested you can see all the other errors the W3C validator picked up. Click Here

    I would have said that, but the validator refuses to validate pages without the DOC Type, therefore the suggestion to learn the coding standards.


    Oh and how to get the images clear without it getting fuzy, use GIF's, seeing as your background is white, make them transparent, it will shrink it down a lot.

    Nevertheless, your site does load fast, which is a great thing, so I doubt higher quality images will make much of a diff.


    Have fun!


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