Monday, August 15, 2005

Hilarious comments about the US Chess Federation Homepage

Just had to blog this. It really made me laugh:

The Daily Dirt Chess Blog: USCF Homepage:

"If you are nostalgic for the early days of the internet, back when web pages were mostly poorly formatted text with ill-fitting photos pasted in, you're in for a treat. The US Chess Federation has put up a new homepage. [I've mirrored it here for when they mercifully take it down. For the full retro experience, view the page using Netscape 2.0.] I assumed it had been put together by someone's seven-year-old niece, but the tags actually say 'Authors: Mike Nolan; K.R. Sloan'. (They also say 'demo' so I have no idea why it's live online.) This isn't a web page, it's a cry for help.

Just because everyone CAN make a website these days doesn't mean everyone should, especially if it's for a large organization and not, say, vacation snapshots. There is something to be said for splash pages and simplicity, but good design and navigation can overcome them. I don't expect everyone at the USCF to be a professional web designer. But I would expect that a few of them have actually surfed the web. Things just don't look like this anymore, with good reason."

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