Most Wanted - criminal web design
Another major UK public sector site launch, another hideously bloated, nested-table monstrosity. This time it's the Crimestoppers 'Most Wanted' site.
How's this for starters:
<!-- xinclude virtual="/includes/objPageCache.asp" --> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <!-- Document coded using XHTML 1.0 rules | HTML 4.01 DTD used for backwards campatibility --> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
That's a new one for me.
Crimestoppers may be a charity, but in 2003 it received total income of £3 million, including £1 million from the Home Office, so it wasn't a matter of resources. It can only be hoped that PAS 78 will help such organisations commission better sites in the future.
The Register reported how the site was brought down this morning by heavier than aniticipated traffic. Looking at the markup used on the site a good dose of web standards would have at least halved the page weight, and consequently doubled the number of visitors the site could have coped with, potentially avoiding such an embarassing launch.