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Back On Watch

After an extended hiatus, the Redesign Watch is back.  I’m celebrating its return with eight new entries, including the very recently announced HTML+CSS reworking of Slashdot.  I wonder how their work compares to the third-party job that Daniel Frommelt did a couple of years ago.

Since only the most recent five redesigns are shown on the home page, you’ll have to dig into the archive if you want to see all the new stuff—from Everything Tori on forward—or you could just subscribe to the RSS 2.0 feed.  You can find it and other meyerweb feeds on the Feeds page.  (Go figure!)

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    • #1
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    • Thu 22 Sep 2005
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    Lou wrote in to say...

    What’s your feeling on slashdot being HTML 4.01 (and slightly failing validation http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=www.slashdot.org ) VS XHTML 1.0?

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    • Thu 22 Sep 2005
    • 1913
    Paul wrote in to say...

    Your Redesign Watch is an important service, Eric. I keep wondering what it will take to get the web design industry as a whole to turn the corner. I was looking at the course requirements for a Web Design Certificate program at my local junior college and was (am) appalled at what I found — it’s as if the time froze in 1999: barely any mention of CSS (other than the occasional font style=”…”), no XHTML, no classes on web standards, not one of the teachers’ “home pages” that validate …

    The problem is that business drives the local college’s IT/CIS curriculum, and the vast majority of businesses have yet to even hear about XHTML/CSS and Web Standards. Getting educational/informative articles into more mainstream publications might be a good place to start. (There’s been enough preaching to the choir, don’t you think?)

    A good WSJ (or The [pick your city] Sunday Times) article on the bandwidth/maintenance/sanity savings of standards compliant sites might help get a few more businesses to wake up. We just need one of the big name standards advocates to write it.

    I nominate you. Anyone want to second that?

    • #3
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
    • 0548
    Small Paul wrote in to say...

    Good on Slashdot for going the standards route, but it still, in my humble opinion, looks like ass.

    • #4
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
    • 0832
    Mike Purvis wrote in to say...

    Yeah, but now they can actually have a style-switcher. Seemed to me they were planning some kind of re-design contest.

    I was wondering when you were going to mention the CssDot thing.

    • #5
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
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    Jeff wrote in to say...

    I know with where I work there are a few people working on web pages that are pushing the HTML 4.01 loose to XHTML argument, but no one here wants to actually know what they are doing they just want to type into frontpage and publish.

    • #6
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
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    mmmbeer wrote in to say...

    I’ll put in a plug for my alma mater, UW-Madison. They did some massive changes (css+xhtml and, at least, the frontpage validates). Plus they have some very cool xmlhttp stuff with their student/staff directory listing: Directory

    mmmbeer!!!

    • #7
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
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    Jon Tan wrote in to say...

    I loved the comment for news.com.au:

    This just in: standards-oriented design continues to speed sites, increase intelligence. Bonzer!

    It made me laugh out loud. I hope the Slashdot conversion will make web standards the default for their huge audience. If only, if only… it could be truly accessible too – now wouldn’t that be bonzer!

    • #8
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
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    Dan Davis wrote in to say...

    Have a look at the newly revamped Sprint site at http://www.sprint.com – although it’s broken in that you can’t look at service plans… grr…

    • #9
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    • Fri 23 Sep 2005
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    Oliver Zheng wrote in to say...

    Woah! I just took a look at that Redesign Watch – you were part of the macromedia.com redesign? Bravo Meyer! My props go to you. I love how the Macromedia functions as such a semantically valid site.

    • #10
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    • Wed 28 Sep 2005
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    Michael C. wrote in to say...

    Eric, are you still getting the old-school Yahoo page? I remember I wrote to you many moons ago about Yahoo’s standards-based redesign, and we found out that it wasn’t being shown to all users around the globe; you got the old yucky site, and I got the new hotness. ;)

    Here’s the site I get today – screenshot with Firefox 1.0.4 (yeah, yeah, I know), and the Web Developer Toolbar set to outline in red any tables.

    • #11
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    • Thu 29 Dec 2005
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    Denn wrote in to say...

    It made me laugh out loud. I hope the Slashdot conversion will make web standards the default for their huge audience. If only, if only… it could be truly accessible too – now wouldn”t that be bonzer!

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