The Due Chiacchier site has improved significantly since it failed to make our submission queue some time back. The comments we had then have been taken onboard and the site’s overall accessibility has really been enhanced as a result. The more sharp-eyed amongst you may notice that the site has the occasional validation error due to the presence of
embed. However, given Internet Explorer’s reported unreliability with
object and taking into account feedback from disabled user testing groups, we decided that
embed is still the most reliable and accessible approach in this situation and accepted the validation error as a reasonable trade-off.
The site’s layout still follows the original design we saw some time ago but, since then, attention has obviously been paid to some of its previous weaknesses. The result is a site that functions well with, or without, images. Navigating the site by keyboard is generally a very pleasant experience due to the clear
The site showed very solid cross-browser performance but there were a couple of disappointments in key areas. One immediately obvious problem was the multiple occupancies of “Leggi il resto” links — each one leading to a different post. This, coupled with markup that was heavy on
divs and classes suggested that perhaps the author could delve a little more deeply into WordPress theme creation with a view to slimming the markup down and resolving repetitive “read more” links.
Access keys? Generally, we’re not too keen on setting default access keys on any site but, on this site, we feel that they’ve been seriously over-used and that some of the pre-defined keys may cause significant problems for Jaws users — such as “s”, “m”, and “-”. It would be far better, in our opinion to allow users to define their own access keys.
Design-wise, we liked the post headings and post footers but we weren’t too keen on the background colour. Generally, we felt that this site should have some rich, bold colours because it is otherwise lacking in visual eye-candy which tends to make the site feel rather bland. The typography was a little weak in places and some of the colour contrasts need attention. We also felt that the toolbar widget should start fixed with an option for the user to release it as some users really don’t like these kinds of moving widgets. However, as far toolbar widgets go, this one was nicely done.
Nevertheless, the Due Chiacchier site, designed by Dino Termini, demonstrates great attention to detail in some areas coupled with really decent progressive enhancements for users and was deemed eligible for an Award Level of: “Quality Universal Design.” Congratulations, Dino!