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Test results for http://www.digitalimagemagazine.com Test results from 8/19/2014 10:03:01 PM

Resizable Fonts

Not all visually impaired people make use of technical support to navigate on the internet. The feature to increase fonts is an important element to ensure that all information of the website can be read by all users. Even people who are not visually impaired need to increase the font sometimes. At the same time, an increasing number of older people surf the web; they too need a feature to increase the font. To this purpose, it is important to define the font size not in pixel, but in percentage or "em".

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

Some font size (less than 5%) are fixed and cannot be increased, or a less ideal feature using Javascript is being used.

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.

Spaghetti Markup

Separating design and structure of the website carries great advantages. The sharper the distinction, the more independent the two areas are. A lack of such a distinction is also called a "spaghetti mark-up" or a "tag-soup" (from the term "HTML tag").

Nowadays it is easy to save colours, type fonts, design images and to a large extent even the layout of the website in CSS files (CSS = Cascading Style Sheet).

Further information:
http://www.style-sheets.de/guide/grundlagen/warum_css
http://www.vorsprungdurchwebstandards.de/theory/retro-coding/

Hint for IT technicians: "Code" does not refer to javascript, but to HTML source.

The tested website contains a small amount of spaghetti mark-up in CSS format.

Linking CSS files

Within websites, Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) files can be inter-linked; these are mainly responsible for the design of the website. The website manager may not notice if the paths to the linked CSS files are no longer correct, as it is nearly impossible to manually review the whole code after each change. Files can potentially be deleted in error, or a path may be manipulated. .
To this end, javascript should only be implemented in a way that allows the website to be correctly displayed even without javascript.

The tested website contains potentially an invalid CSS file path, or is dependent on javascript for its inclusion.

Using keywords

Keywords allow internal and external search crawlers to find content for interested users. Keywords should be chosen from the language and vocabulary of the web user to describe the page content as closely as possible. .
The use of precise and meaningful keywords is still an advantage, even though the importance of the keywords has dramatically decreased for external crawlers. Internal crawlers can still trust your keywords and improve your website search feature.

Source and further information:
"Prioritizing Web Usability" by Jakob Nielsen/Hoa Loranger
http://www.essex.ac.uk/wag/searchguide/search2.aspx

The tested website does not use any keywords.

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.

XHTML usage

XHTML advantages (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language)

  • Easy translation into a higher technology.
  • A clear and logic XHTML markup creates uniformity in the file structure.
  • Easier to re-use.
  • Improved interoperability.
  • Improved accessibility.
Sources and further information:
http://www.nypl.org/styleguide/xhtml/benefits.html

http://www.andreas-kalt.de/webdesign/tutorials/webdesign-mit-webstandards?pg=4
http://www.webstandards.org/learn/articles/askw3c/oct2003/
http://www.websitedev.de/xhtml/xhtml1/

The tested website does not use XHTML.

Image with Missing Alt Text

Alternative text is displayed if an image cannot be downloaded or if the mouse pointer is moved over the image*. The alternative text is on one hand important for visually impaired visitors, using an audio tool to read the content of the website and the alternative text of images.
On the other hand, alternative text can also be recognised by search engines. Alternative text needs to be phrased in a meaningful manner, though it should not be a detailed description of the image.

Further information:
http://www.bjoernsworld.de/html/alt-text.html
http://webdesign.crissov.de/alt-Text#Start

* Internet Explorer shows alternative text as a tooltip if the mouse pointer is rested on the image. This is not prohibited but it can annoy page authors. It does also indicate that the alt-attribute refers to this tooltip, which is   wrong. Should you want to add a descriptive tooltip to your images, make use of the attribute "title".
Quelle: http://de.selfhtml.org/html/grafiken/einbinden.htm#referenz

The tested website contains alternative text for images, though the length of the alternative text is for one image at least outside the range between 8 and 80 characters. Alternative text which has correctly been recorded as empty will not return a negative result.

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.

Information about the author.

Some search enginges value content higher if it contains information about the author. This has a positive impact on the search of the website.

In addition, there are numerous articles and international standards regarding the organisation of the meta data and their importance when creating high quality technical documents.

For further information:
http://de.selfhtml.org/html/kopfdaten/meta.htm#dublin_core
http://de.selfhtml.org/html/kopfdaten/meta.htm#allgemeines

No author was found.

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.

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