Archive for June, 2010

BBC’s new site

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Usability
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[tweetmeme source= “jsnrss” only_single=false] The much BBC have recently launched their new website. A couple of things spring to mind about it…

Firstly, for a website which is much coveted for its usability, I find the new font not only difficult to read but as the screen-shot below shows, at times even impossible to read.

Secondly, the BBC have been using some interesting customisation and personalisation tools on their main site for a while now. It seems though that many of these features have not made into the news site redesign (dragging and repositioning of content, editing of number of articles, personalisation of content etc). Is this a sign that users aren’t ready for features like this – or as I think is more the case, they cannot really bothered for these features.

BBC font problem

BBC font problem

RTL|LTR

Posted: June 15, 2010 in Corporate website, Right to left
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[tweetmeme source= “jsnrss” only_single=false] It’s actually quite surprising how much conversation went into considering how to handle the right to left languages on the Philip Morris website. Do we mirror the whole site, just the content areas or leave the layout as is and translate content only? Needless to say, cost plays a factor in the decision and to the benefit of the site PMI didn’t skimp out opting for a full mirroring of the site – the results are very pleasing … especially to readers of the native language which is what it should all be about right?

PMI right to left (Arabic)

Philip Morris Arabic