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A CHANCE TO ROCK THE BOAT

WEBWATCH

I am always puzzled when people ask this column to take a look at their sites.

Masochism? More likely misplaced hubris. Whatever, Jason RC Brown recently suggested his www.abbozzo. co. uk site.

Apparently you pronounce it a-boat-zo, which appears in a big yellow band on the homepage. Below this is a suggestion you view the site in Internet Explorer which, regular readers will know, induces a red mist behind the eyes of this FireFox-using, I-spit-onlazy-web-designers column.

Now in Explorer, you discover the section heads in pale grey on white. Love that subtle contrast. You click on 'sketchbook' and up comes? a page from just that: a spiral-bound sketchbook plus a quote from old Leonardo suggesting that everything connects. Er, yes. But so what? 'Projects' is more profi table. There are four categories here and specific projects whose names develop out-of-register boxes when you click on them.

The main image changes, you discover 10 minutes into the site, by clicking on a bar of tiny thumbnails underneath.

There is no back button - you eventually learn to click on Projects to get back to the main projects page. Hard work when you have to learn how to use a site.

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