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Hi, I've recently updated our company site and i'd really appreciate any comments or ideas that you have to give.
http://www.hardware.com
Thanking you all in advance
Chris

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I'm afraid that the site

I'm afraid that the site does not validate due to some rather glaring markup errors your head elements are a mess and the DTD halfway down the page, these things ought to have been checked before posting really Smile

You need to remove the xml declaration as well.

Hmm, site reminds me somewhat of dabs.com Smile

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Hello Chris, Coding errors

Hello Chris,

Coding errors aside, as Hugo mentions, let me say that you've done a good job in supplying alternate text to the important images. However, in your top menu items, when viewed with images off, are all bunched together (no spaces or separating characters between them). This will not be taken well by screen readers. That also goes for where the brand logos should be in your "Networking", "Servers", and "Accessories" cells. All you see is "CiscoHuawei", "hpIBM", "ProLabsPolycom", respectively.

Perhaps, when you begin to address Hugo's points, you will also do something about these.

It's also a good idea to put labels to your form elements. They don't only help users, you can also style label elements as well. That might reduce your need for using tables to layout your forms.

Additionally, when clicking [+] Rate This Page, I failed to notice the pop-up form. I initially thought that the javascript had problems. But that was until I decided to have another look at the other contents of the page.

The page itself looks nice though, it should be very familiar to users who are used to checking out more conventional catalogues. The content boxes remind me of Keramic, or some other window decorator.

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I'm surprised you didn't

I'm surprised you didn't have more browser issues - the doctype can't even be recognised!

Aside to validation problems... I like your site.

Its very complex so I think you've done really well to address some of the usability and accessibility issues. Its very logical and user friendly and when I increase the text size, it allows me to do that a number of times before breaking up so its quite fluid. I like the graphical elements too - nice icons to add consistency - lets the user know where there are.

Good job!!!

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brief comments

I haven't gone to far into the site. The one problem I noticed off the bat is that in IE6 when you roll over the tabs at the top they disappear for a few seconds. It's visually pretty nice though. I've never made a site like this and was curious as to how many people are involved in making it (ballpark it). I mean like from graphics to coding, security, database work etc. Just curious.

I got nuthin'

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philbert25 wrote:The one

philbert25 wrote:
The one problem I noticed off the bat is that in IE6 when you roll over the tabs at the top they disappear for a few seconds.

You might want to look at this because it does it in FF and IE7 too. the sliding doors technique for rollover image would work, unless you did this aleady.

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Hi Thank you for your

Hi

Thank you for your comments, we realise that the DTD tag needs to be at the top of the page and we are going to look into this in the coming weeks.

As regards accessibility it is something that we are keen to improve and plan to put some more development time into this.

The disappearing tabs issue is a pain and any suggestions about fixing are welcomed.

As regards updating the site we have a small dedicated team of 4 developers that are constantly working on new features and improving the site.

Thank for your interest in our site.

Cheers

Chris

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Hugo and Christina, we've

Hugo and Christina, we've started working on the validation errors and currently have them down to 247, i'll update you once again when we've got all of them cleared up.
Arielle, Philbert & ClevaTreva thank you for your comments, they're now in the to do pile Smile
Once again thank you all for your help and if you have anything further to add or anyone else thinks they've spotted something please do let me know.
Cheers
Chris