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Hi everyone, sorry for the long silence on this forum, I have been working so hard lately and have moved house, hopefully I will be able to give some more of my time to this cause.

Anyway I am posting to get some feedback on my new personal blog, it is a custom wordpress template, I know that it doesn't work in IE, I just can't be bothered at the moment (sigh).

Anyway apart from that what I really could use is some Mac testing.

Link: www.willmot.org

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Very nice. I like the color scheme, good job. Even the link buttons stand up to 4-5 times text resizing, before they spill out of the box.

Good job.

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Cheers mate

still need to style a few areas and clean up some of the code, and comment all my files

Slow and steady wins the race

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TPH, are you still on that dialup connection? If so, you'd notice the rather hellish loading times (55.34 seconds on 56K). This site even took a few seconds to load on my swift broadband connection. Yeah, the site looks nice, but the loading time is a huge problem that needs optimization attention. Besides that, you have a few accessability issues that can be easily fixed.

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First of all please remember this site is a personal blog that focuses on web development and design, to that end the target audience mainly use Firefox and have a fast connection, or are willing to wait.

Also have you read the rules at the top of this forum (I am sure you have) - do you think that calling my loading time "hellish" and a "huge problem" is useful to me. I made the conscious decision to make my site graphically intense because its my site and I wanted to, your comments would be more valid if this wasn't true.

I don't currently have as much time as I would like to spend on this site as I have a full time job on top of working as a freelance web developer, to that end I am still working on styling the different elements and haven't got to the easy fix stage yet.

I think I made the mistake of posting the site unfinished, I apologies.

I do not want to cause offense

Tom

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tom_de_schlong wrote:
First of all please remember this site is a personal blog that focuses on web development and design, to that end the target audience mainly use Firefox and have a fast connection, or are willing to wait.

I use firefox and possess a fast connection and would normally not be willing to wait for a site as slow as yours. I'm sure many would agree with me.

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do you think that calling my loading time "hellish" and a "huge problem" is useful to me.

Yes I do. You asked for a site check, and you got one. If you want people to do happy little flower dances over your spiffy header graphic and not mention the actual problems with the site, you've come to the wrong place.

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I see you've been plagued by the huge internal CSS and javascript that comes with the inTouch form too. :?
Nice design though.

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Antibland - your comments are not wanted and if your previous comments are your idea of how to provide someone with constructive criticism and help then I am only glad that others on this forum don't share the same ethos.

Tyssen - The intouch code is a right mess, perhaps when I have some more time I will try to clean it up and transfer it to external files, I am only really using it as a quick and easy contact form, might change it with some research.

unfortunately when I used to be a regular (ish) visitor to this site I used to enjoy the conversation, its a shame that on my return its changed so much.

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tom_de_schlong wrote:
Tyssen - The intouch code is a right mess, perhaps when I have some more time I will try to clean it up and transfer it to external files, I am only really using it as a quick and easy contact form, might change it with some research.

Version 1.2 is due to be released soon with a bunch of bug fixes and hopefully some tidying up of the code.

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Yeah hopefully

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tom_de_schlong wrote:
Antibland - your comments are not wanted

Really? Then why is your site suddenly loading faster (~31 seconds on 56k)? You're welcome, Tom.

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Here's another unwanted comment that you'll be wise to "discard." Those dots that appear around your nav links are pretty noticeable.

This little javascript will remove those dots.

window.onload = function() { blurLinks(); }

function unblur() {
	this.blur();
}

function blurLinks() {
	if (!document.getElementById) return;
	theLinks = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
	len = theLinks.length;
	for(i=0; i<len; i++) {
		theLinks[i].onfocus = unblur;
	}
}

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Also, the little arrows next to your posts in the right column could do with anti-aliasing a bit better. You can see the white (or lighter coloured) background around them.

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Warning: fopen("http://www.willmot.org/wp-content/flickr-cache/82b8e4e1471dd8de107f475f51a28cdc.cached", "rb") - Success in /home/sites/site10/web/wp-content/plugins/flickr-gallery.php on line 694
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Fatal error: Call to undefined function: var_export() in /home/sites/site10/web/wp-content/plugins/flickr-gallery.php on line 156

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I don't know whether your targetted visitors would notice or care if they did, but, here are two observations:
you have spelt "categories" incorrectly.
While on the site you actually put up, I confess, I digressed and wandered into your portfolio. Now who am I to question the design skills of someone who has an unofficial design in CSS Zen Garden? but you have spelt "unofficial" incorrectly.

Discretion being the better part of valour, I stopped there. However, I note your from your original post

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what I really could use is some Mac testing

I guess this was an important part of your the site check request and it may get missed in view of the way the topic has gone since then. Regret I can't help - just doing a kinda *bump* in case a Mac user wanders along Smile
[edit]There's one logged in right now.

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Thanks for your help guys, especially the spelling mistakes, something I hate myself.

Antibland, the dots you get around the links are there for a reason as they display the clickable area, an important accessibility feature.

Also Antibland I am going to apologies for saying your comments are not welcome, I don't mean that and i'm sorry, thanks very much for your input I have taken from it what I can.

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the dots you get around the links are there for a reason as they display the clickable area, an important accessibility feature.

Tom
The dots are only just noticeable. They are not needed for someone who is blind but would be very useful for someone who is visually-impaired or someone who has to use the keyboard by using the TAB key to get around a site, if they are independently styled to be very noticeable. Have you considered using a:focus (and the IE fix * html a:active) to style, in a much more noticeable way, for those people? This would not affect the experiencce of the"abled" visitor who uses a mouse.

Opinions differ as to the order in which this is declared but this has always worked for me on the tutorials site I run for visually and motor-skills impaired people:
a, a:link, a:visited, a:hover, a:active, a: focus, * html a:active.
Hope that helps on the accessibility front.

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Cheers lorraine,

I do normally add :focus I just haven't got round to doing it yet, cheers for the reminder though.
I think using javascript to disable them is simply a waste of code.

Ah well each to there own

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tom_de_schlong wrote:
Also Antibland I am going to apologies for saying your comments are not welcome, I don't mean that and i'm sorry, thanks very much for your input I have taken from it what I can.

Not a problem, Tom. Apology accepted in total.

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