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Oh pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?

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The Guardian's Internet guru Jack Schofield is disillusioned because so many sites are of poor quality. He speaks about how 'the majority of web designers simply don't have a clue about usability... [they] typically spend hours worrying about the typeface used, the precise colour of the background and whether a button is one or two pixels too far right or left, but the fact that the site does not actually work rarely seems to bother them'. You can read Schofield's words of rare wisdom at http: //www. guardian.co. uk/online.

I have passed this on before but one bit of advice he repeats here is that if you cannot change the size of the type on your site (using Explorer's View, Text Size), fire your designer.

Everyone has been faced with the message 'Page not found'. It seems final. But it might not be. There are two strategies. One is to surf off somewhere else and then make a surprise return. It sometimes works and although you have the firm belief that you have outsmarted the Internet, it is more likely that the site has been overloaded with surfers.

The other strategy is for you to start chopping bits off the end of the URL in the address box. So, you might have www. extremelyboring. com/projects/ snooze/pussycats. html in your address box. It elicits the 'not found'screen. OK, try www. extremelyboring. com/ projects/snooze/, leaving off the pussycats. html. Still no go? Try leaving off snooze/.And then do just www. extremelyboring. com.And then you could try www. extremelyboring.co. uk.Or even www. extremely interesting. com.You really want this address? OK, try a Google search. It usually shows you that the site address really ended in... pussycat. htm. On the other hand, the site may have disappeared because the owner forgot to renew their two-year ownership of the URL - or decided to go to Tahiti for the winter.

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