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REPORT

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From : Kheng Siong Teoh October 20, 2005

To : The Newscientist webpage owner

Subject: STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS OF THE WEBPAGE AND POSSIBLE

IMPROVEMENT

In this report I present the information about the strength and weakness of the webpage. In general, it seems that this webpage had an excellent layout but there were several improvements could be made to enhance the usability of the webpage. Besides identified the strengths and weaknesses of the webpage, I also provided several ways that were able to enhance the performance of the webpage.

I obtained the information given below from some webpage users. Besides this, several techniques in the textbook were also being used to analysis the webpage to ensure the quality of my report. The things that I focused on my analysis were the main objective of the website, accessibility, attractiveness, current, accuracy and ethics. In addition, I also used the four basic design principles to evaluate the layout of the webpage.

Advantages and Disadvantages for that the information being present.

After I analysis of the webpage, I found that there were several advantages and disadvantages in the webpage that could affect the quality of the webpage.

Advantages



This webpage had several advantages that enable the user to search for the information that they needed easily. For example, the used of main menu in the upper part of the webpage helped the users to navigate through the webpage easily. Besides this,

It also had the three click function which allowed the users to locate the information that they required not more then three clicks. This could reduce the time that the users needed to spend while they were looking for a particular article. In addition, the used of search function in the webpage enabled the users to perform keyword search could increase the usability of the webpage. With this function, webpage users could locate the information they needed without spending a great amount of time looking through the webpage. Furthermore the webpage was able to support by multiple platforms and web browsers this enabled the users to browse through the webpage without changing the setting of their computer. This made the webpage became user friendly. Due to this the webpage users were able to access it with any computer that they could access. The webpage also provided the most current and accurate information which ensured that the users could get the most updated news and data that they needed for their research purpose.

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Disadvantages



The main problem in this webpage was lacked of visual aid which made the webpage became less attractive. The lacked of visual aid could reduce the effectiveness of the webpage to communicate with the users. This could cause the users to get ambiguous information from the webpage. The second problem that I found in the webpage was the absented of audio support that reduced the accessibility of the seeing impaired to the information that was published in this webpage. The last problem that I found in this webpage was the information only published in English which could reduce the usability of the webpage to the non-English speaker. Although English is an International language, not all nations in this world were using English as theire first language. For example, In Japan there were only a small fraction of people knew English well.



The possible improvement for the information being present



There were several improvement could make to improve the usability and accessibility of the website. The improvement techniques that I presented below were obtained from the webpage development handbook.

Improvements



In order to make the webpage became more attractive, some visual aid such as picture or animation could be used. When picture or animation was being used make sure that it aligned with the text information besides this, the picture and animation that presented in the page should be correlated with the text information. In addition, the font size should be increase to ensure that it was large enough for legibility. The second improvement that I suggested was included some audio function that able to help seeing impaired to navigate through the webpage. For example, the web publisher should include the function that enabled the users to browse through the webpage by using microphone. Furthermore, the information in the webpage should transform into audio version which could help the users to access the information through earphone or speaker.

In order to suite the needed of different users, the webpage should be able to support for multiple languages. Due to this, an additional drop box could place at the top right or left corner of the webpage which enabled the users to customize the language of the webpage that suited them the best.

Layout evaluation based on four basic design principals

In general, this webpage had an excellent layout which enabled the users to identify the important links easily. Besides the layout, I did my analysis based on the basic design principles and found that the page designer did a good job for implementing them. Based

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on my analysis, I found that the page designer did a good job for proximity which he tried to place the related information as close as possible to enhance the communication ability of the webpage. Besides proximity, the webpage also had a good contrast between the text and the background which made the text easy to be read. For example, the used of white background with a blue and black color text could enhance the readability of the text. Besides colors, the font size that used by the designer also showed a good contrast between the links and the explanation. In the page, it had a bigger font size for the links and a smaller font size for the explanation which helped the user to identify the links easily. The typeface that used in this website was Time New Roman which enabled the users to read through the information easily. The designer also used repetition in the webpage to unify his designed. The used of repetition in this webpage could notice by the uniform font size, font color and font style that used by the webpage designer.

Conclusion

In conclusion, my investigation indicated that the webpage had an excellent layout but some improvements were needed to enhance the usability of the webpage. For example, the webpage should design to suit the needed of a wide variety of users and if possible tried to include some visual aid that could increase the usability of the webpage.

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Hi Eric,

I'll do the first part. Perhaps someone else may try the next part. Here are my suggestions.

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Investigate the Newscientist Webpage

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From : Kheng Siong Teoh October 20, 2005

To : The Newscientist webpage owner

Subject: STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS OF THE WEBPAGE AND POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENT

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In this report I present information about the strength and weakness of your webpage. In general, it seems that it has an excellent layout but there are several improvements that can be made to enhance its usability. Besides identified the strengths and weaknesses of the webpage, I have also provided several ways to enhance its performance.

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I obtained the information given below from some webpage users. Besides this, I also used several textbook techniques to analyse the webpage and ensure the quality of my report. The main areas on which I focused my analysis were the main objective of the website, accessibility, attractiveness, currency, accuracy and ethical considerations. In addition, I also used the standard four basic design principles to evaluate the layout.

Best wishes, Clive
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Here's my sugestions for 'part two':

Advantages and Disadvantages

In my analysis of the webpage, I have found several advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

This webpage has several advantages that enable users to easily search for information. First, the main menu in the upper part of the webpage helps users navigate the webpage easily. Second, the three-click function allows users to locate the information with no more than three clicks. This can reduce the time users need for looking up a particular article. Third, the search function enables users to perform keyword search. With this function, webpage users can locate the information they need without spending a great amount of time looking through the webpage. Fourth, the webpage is able to support multiple platforms and web browsers, thus enabling users to browse through the webpage without changing the settings of their computer. This makes the webpage user-friendly. Users are able to access the webpage with any computer.
Finally, the webpage provides the most current and accurate information, ensuring that users can get the most up-to-date news and data needed for their research purposes.
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Disadvantages>>



The main problem with this webpage is a lack of visual aids. This makes it less attractive and reduces its effectiveness in communicating with users, who may find its information ambiguous. A second problem is the absence of audio support, which reduces accessibility for the seeing-impaired. The final problem is the use of English as the sole language, reducing the usability of the webpage for the non-English speaker. Although English is an international language, there are many countries, such as Japan, where it is known only by a minority.

Clive

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Possible Improvements

Possibilities for improving the usability and accessibility of the website were obtained from the webpage development handbook.

Improvements

In order to make the webpage more attractive, visual aids such as a picture or animation could be used. If a picture or animation is used, make sure that it is aligned and correlated with the relevant text. In addition, the font size of the text should be increased to ensure its legibility. Secondly, I suggest an audio function that enables the seeing-impaired user to navigate the webpage. For example, a web publisher might include a voice-activated browser. Furthermore, information might be formatted audially to be accessed through earphone or speaker.

In order to suit the needs of different types of users, the webpage should be able to support multiple languages. The addition of a dropbox placed at the top right or left corner of the webpage could enable users to customize the language of the webpage.

Hi again,

Layout evaluation based on four basic design principles>>

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In general, this webpage had an excellent layout which enables users to identify important links easily. I analysed it in accordance with basic design principles and found that the page designer had adhered well to these. implemented did a good job for implementing them.

The page shows good communications proximity in placing all related information as close together as possible. There is also a good contrast between the text and the background, for example, white background with blue and black letters, making the text easy to read. Besides colors, the font size shows a good contrast between the links and the explanations. The page uses a larger font size for links and a smaller one for the explanatory information, thus helping the user to identify links easily. The typeface used is Time New Roman, which enables the user to read through the information easily. The designer has also used repetition to unify his design. This repetition can be seen in the uniform font size, font color and font style.

Conclusion

In conclusion, my investigation found that the webpage had an excellent layout, although some improvements are needed to enhance its usability. For example, the page should be redesigned to suit the needs of a wide variety of users, if possible including some visual aids.

Good luck with this report!

It was nice to co-operate on this with you, Davkett. Many hands make lighter work, don't they?

Clive

Clive
It was you, Clive, that called it 'tag-team teaching'. Emotion: wink
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