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Test results for http://www.asheweb.org Test results from 7/5/2016 7:01:32 AM

Intro page

Intros inhibit website users to access the information they were looking for. In addition they convey the impression that the website owners place more importance on the design than on the offer of information or solutions to their customers. A website needs to instantly communicate what it is about and what a user can expect to find. The website must also take account of the little time available to the website user. It should be noted that users spend in average only 2 minutes on a website.

An intro page to allow language or regional choice is unnecessary, as there is a possibility to identify this automatically.
Javascript intros for re-directing and configuration purposes are also discouraged, even though users hardly notice them, as they have an impact on search engines and accessibility. Nowadays there are better alternatives to be used server-side.

Please note that you may not be able to see an intro page, depending on language settings, IP address and other user criteria. The intro page may, however, show for other users, and it is available for search engines, spiders and bots.

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

Further information:
http://www.kundennutzen.ch/intros.php
http://nitzsche.info/de.pub-2-vorschaltseiten.php

The site most likely uses an intro page.

Missing Title

The website must contain a precise "title tag", a page title. This is based on the following:

  • The title is displayed on the title bar of the browser window.
  • The title is used when setting a bookmark (or favourite).
  • The file title is shown in the browser in the list of pages previously searched.
  • Many search engines offer the title as a hyperlink.
  • Search engines use the content of the title for their search.
  • Website users often only read the first words and should therefore have enough information about the website.
Therefore, default titles such as "untitled document" or "untitled page" or just "title" are not useful.

Further information:
http://www.aboutwebdesign.de/awd/content/1089111663.shtml
http://ranta.info/ThemaTitle

No page titles were found on the tested website.

Non changing page title.

Each page of a website should have its own page title, which reflects the content of the page itself. This carries many advantages, e.g. page titles are used for bookmarking and are read by search engines. Unique page titles therefore lead to search engine optimisation.

Further information:
http://www.socialpatterns.com/search-engine-optimization/writing-better-titles/

The page titles remain the same throughout the tested website.

Headings Available

The content of the website needs to be well structured with logical and meaningful titles (h1, h2, h3...). Meaningful words which are important for the understanding of the text, need to be placed at the beginning of the title, as web users mainly only perceive the first few words of a title. Titles should be no longer than 60 characters.
Titles can also have a positive impact on search machine rankings.

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

The tested website does not comply with this requirement.

Orphaned webpage

A single webpage is called 'orphaned' if it doesn't contain a link allowing users to navigate elsewhere. Users are 'stranded' against their intentions on this page.

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

The tested website contains at least one page with no hyperlinks to a previous/subsequent page.

Visited Links

Marking previously visited hyperlinks helps users to identify which pages of the website have previously been read. In other words, according to Nielsen the navigation interface should answer three essential questions: "Where am I?", "Where have I been?" and "Where can I go?"

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

The tested website does not support fully this type of marking.

Navigation Lists

Specific HTML lists should be used for navigation, in order to ensure accessibility and to separate design from structure and content.

Previously, tables and empty images were used to design navigation. However, tables are meant to display data, while images are for graphs, pictures, etc.

By using HTML lists, navigation can be formated in separate stylesheets. This leads to a clean, easy to maintain HTML and CSS code, and it also increases performance and makes maintenance easier.

Further information:
http://www.barrierefreies-webdesign.de/knowhow/navigationsleiste/struktureller-aufbau.html
http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/listen_stylen_mit_css

The tested website uses an out-of-date navigation.

Labelling links when users move the mouse over them

To allow users a good navigation of your website, it is necessary that links can be identified and that they can be highlighted in colour with a mouse-over.

Source and further information:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20040510.html

Links do not always change colour/style when the mouse moves over them, showing that they can be clicked on.

Privacy Policy

The owner of the website uses the Privacy Policy to inform users how personal data will be treated and how data protection regulations will be observed.

Further information:
Muster-Datenschutzbestimmungen für Deutschland
Muster-Datenschutzerklärung für die Schweiz

No Privacy Policy or any information regarding data protection was found on the tested website.

Amount of inter-linked/imported CSS files

This test has been depreciated and will be replaced by other quality and performance tests in the next version.

Nowadays it is easy to save colour, type font, images and to a certain extent even the layout in separate CSS files (CSS = Cascading Style Sheet).

Numerous variations are possible, which should be evaluated on a case by case basis. A big advantage is that browsers do not download CSS files with every page, but they save it in the cache memory.

Further information:
http://de.selfhtml.org/css/formate/einbinden.htm#separat
http://www.thestyleworks.de/ref/at_import.shtml

The tested website does not use inter-linked or imported stylesheets.

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