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Re: site critique please

  • Subject: Re: site critique please
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 09:59:20 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.www.webmaster
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Charles Sweeney wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote
>> Has anybody conducted studies on how heavy sites compete with
> lightweight
>> ones?
> No study, but Google's leanness, for me, was it's winning factor over
> the existing search engines.

I wonder if that's the reason why they took down Mac OS X-themed Google
after just a single day. Since Google try hard "not to become evil", they
have always had not to discriminate modem users. If you want a heavy (and
powerful) front-end to Google, use A9.com, which by the way is lovely.

>> Some broadband users find minimalist pages disappointing and given
>> the perpetual rise in broadband use, can one assume that rich sites
> have
>> better prospects?
> How does a broadband user find a minimalist page disappointing?  If it's
> a Google result, or a line of code, then I couldn't be happier with it.

How about a site with no graphics which help a verbal explanation, for

> The last thing I would do, is make weight or richness for the sake of
> it.  What is key, is providing this *if necessary*, pictures of a
> product for example.
> Maybe when 90+% of people are on broadband, we can relax a bit over
> this.  But that won't be for some time, if ever.  Then there's the
> mobile users on laptops, PDAs, to think about.  Most mobile phone modems
> are still very slow.

That's true. That's where Web standards and in particular alternative
stylesheets help.

> In any event, a light page will always be quicker than a heavy one!
> I've been on broadband for a while, but it's very rare to find pages
> that load virtually instantly.

It's a trade-off, as ever. What I struggle to do is find the point of


Roy S. Schestowitz

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