Friday, December 14, 2012

Problems with Macquarie University Website

If Macquarie University wants to recruit students, then they need to design better web pages. I clicked on an advertisement for Macquarie University Information Day and got a web page which said "Thursday 3 January 9am to 4pm" but provided no other information.

Examining the source code of the page, it appears there is information about the open day, it just doesn't display with my Firefox 17 web browser. The W3C Markup Validation Service reports 20 errors on the page. The W3C mobileOK Checker gives the page a score of 0 out of 100 (the worst possible), with 5 errors described as "critical". One odd error is that there is a PNG image with a file name of ,jpg (indicating it is a JPEG image).

The AChecker web accessibility tester reports 14 problems with the W3C WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) guidelines. Interestingly the AChecker displayed an advertisement for Monash University alongside the Macquarie University results and that web page worked fine.

ps: I would have sent a note about this to Macquarie University, but  when I clicked on "Contact Us" on their web page I got another blank page, with no contact details.

1 comment:

Luke said...

Hi Tom,
We picked up your blog post in monitoring. We will have our developers look into the issues.
All the best,

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