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SITE NEEDS SOME SCHOOLING

WEBWATCH

A reader offered the Mackintosh School's site (fastest access is through http: //www. gsa. ac. uk/ gsa. cfm? pid=1 and click on 'Architecture') with encouragements such as 'homepage breaks all the rules? something wacky about seeing a Corb quote in faux Mackintosh text? spelling mistakes rather endearing? type size isn't adjustable, but who cares?' The proper response to that latter is '40-years-and-over parents of prospective architecture students'. But since the inability to read tiny type separates the good and kindly from beasts and teenies, and it's the teenies who are more likely to want to distinguish good architecture courses from boring ones, I guess my correspondent has a small point. But when tiny type is allied with navigation based on very fine hand/eye co-ordination, it takes several goes to get from Architecture to Diploma or, say, Student Initiatives.

Yes, we are blind and palsied. Another irritation is the use of sliders to allow you to read text which doesn't fit the designed space. What a waste of slider programming time when they could have hired an editor for half a day to get the text to fit the space - as in any print publication.

Would the site make you sign up immediately? Hmm.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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