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Test results for http://www.altran.ch Test results from 12/13/2011 2:27:12 PM

File Size of the homepage

The size of the homepage in particular should not be too large, so that it can be downloaded as quickly as possible. File size is a factor that impacts download speed.

The file size of the homepage should be optimised.

Suboptimal Target

When clicking on a link, web users expect to see the new page in the existing window. Most users lose control if there are several windows open, are unable to navigate back with the back function and get lost. At the same time, and this is particularly true for old computers, the system can get overloaded and crash if too many browser windows open. If new windows open but are not seen by the user, the perception is that the website does not work properly. Experienced users who want to open new windows know how to do this by using the function "Open (link) in New Window", or with similar comands.

There is one important exception to this rule: files in .PDF or other Office format can be opened in new windows. Users know to close them to return to the original window. In this case, users should be informed that a new window opened, and they should be given the opportunity to save the file.

Technical hint: For XHTML Strict in particular, there is the possibility to send a .PDF file with ContentType "application/pdf" and HTTP Header content-disposition: attachment; filename=filename.pdf, since there is no target attribute. This test does not take it into account yet, but this is a feasible solution.

Source and further information:
"Prioritizing Web Usability" by Jakob Nielsen/Hoa Loranger

At least one internal hyperlink opening a new window was found.

Newsletter Opt-In Functionality

Newsletter ordering functionality. This allows web users to make a conscious decision to order the newsletter, giving them also the option to "opt-out" of it.

No newsletter sign up form has been found.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Sensitive data, such as credit card details used for internet shopping should be encrypted during transmission on the internet.
All common browsers support SSL encryption, which allows an encrypted connection between server and browser.
'SSL' stands for Secure Socket Layer and ensures that data is not read or manipulated during transmission; it secures the identity of the visited website.
Online shops and all other sites collecting sensitive user data such as credit card details or other private data, should absolutely make use of this encryption.

Hint: SSL should also be used to upload files onto a server via FTP.

The tested website cannot be accessed via SSL, or there may be a problem with the security certificate.

Terms of Use

Terms of Use legislate the contractual relationship between owner and user of a website. Rules are set regarding the usage of the website, specifically about inter-active areas such as a forum.
The rules can be about the offer made by the website owner, the rights and duties of the users, the processing of personal information, etc.

No terms of use were found on the tested website.

Membership/Registration process

Until a few years ago, registration procedures scared web users off, as they were unable to determine which website to trust their personal data and which websites were not trustworthy. Things have change a bit in the meantime. Website registration can bring some benefits:

  • personalisation allows for tailoring of the content to the user's profile.
  • Targeted, personalised newsletter tend to have more success.
  • The information provided allows to adapt the offer to the needs of the users, by evaluating profiles anonymously.
  • Specific content can be offered for a fee.
  • Additional content best not circulated to anonymous users can be made available.
The registration process still contains a danger of asking too many personal questions, making the users feel uncomfortable and therefore avoid the website. Refer also to Nielsen's critical stance in "Prioritizing Web Usability" by Jakob Nielsen/Hoa Loranger.

No opportunity for membership was found on the tested website. Some websites prefer not to offer membership to all users, which is fine. Membership needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Access Keys

Using shortcuts on computers is particularly important for users with visual or mobility issues, as they may not be able to use a mouse.

Source and further information
http://2bweb.de/accesskey/index.html

The tested web site does not support access keys.

Number of MX Records

MX Records is short for "Mail Exchange Records". MX records are used in DNS records to specify e-mail routing. Redundant MX Records increase the availability of the e-mail service.

Only one MX Record was found. This is also done on purpose to combat spam. No points are awarded for this test.

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