The Web Perfectionist site was designed by Irina Ponomareva to be clean, elegant, easy to use and accessible to all. We found it to be a well coded, accessible site with very little overlooked. Hopefully it will continue to grow and build on its solid foundation.
One minor issue we had was the the WCAG 1.0. AAA claim which, without going into too much detail, is almost impossible to achieve thanks to checkpoint 11.3 which requires documents to be served up according to user preferences.
Credit should be given for a site that:
- Rescales nicely — even when using an old 800 by 600 monitor — with text that resizes well without any layout breaks.
- Performs very well across multiple browsers, even in Internet Explorer 6 and that’s without any conditional styles (come back IE 6 all is forgiven..).
- Has strong support for keyboard navigation.
- Uses valid, semantic code
But points were lost for:
- No custom error page for people who get lost.
- No focus style for the search box.
- A visual design that could be improved.
Following on from the last point, we’d like to see a much stronger design with use of polished images and a more appealing colour scheme.
In summary, the site is essentially a developer’s site with very good semantic coding behind it and strong support for disabled users. The Web Perfectionist site was designed by Irina Ponomareva and, following review, was judged eligible for an Award Level of “Notable Design.” Congratulations, Irina!