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DO'S AND DON'TS OF SITE DESIGN

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WEBWATCH

'Just because you can doesn't mean you have to', is the first axiom of website design. Now a second axiom: 'You can't be bothered? Then don't.' Take, for example, the Pentan Partnership site at www. enablis. co. uk/ pentan. A colleague recently pronounced this the 'worst website in the universe. Ever.' It didn't even offer the mitigating (only if you are really naïve and trusting) circumstance of being 'under construction'.

OK, so you type in the URL and up comes the logo, which looks vaguely Masonic, plus the name and address of the practice in titchy text which, happily, you can enlarge. But the only thing which is usefully susceptible to a mouse click is at the bottom - the underlined 'Lewistown Project'. Clicking produces an odd page in a typeface which is probably intended to replicate worn 18th-century type. And two logos are, for some reason, both repeated.

Hoping for better, you click on 'Next Page' and there is a very scarily coloured illustration of what is probably the Lewistown housing and hall. Bemused, you click 'Next' and there is our old pal: 'The page cannot be found'. And that is it. That is the practice's whole site.

I think the second axiom of design applies here.

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