Fantastic Redesign

December 15, 2006

Those of you who have lived in the Boston area might have visited for information on traveling into and around Boston. I found the site a bit hard to navigate. (Side note: the wayback archive archived the frontpage an average of more than once per day in 2005.)

The site was redesigned over the last several months, and tested with end users. All this work seems to have paid off, because the new site rocks. XHTML, CSS, color-themed web site sections, navigation menus defined in lists, subtle transparency in the navigation dropdowns, an interactive street map tied in to Google Maps? Awesome stuff.

The only quibbles I have are the existance of navigation bullet alt text (which will be rendered in Lynx, read in JAWS, and displayed on mouse hover in IE) and broken images in the foreign-language translated.

Update: The navigation bullet alt text has been fixed, and the foreign language versions use the new site layout. (1/31/07)

I’ve love to hear about some of the work that went on behind the scenes, and how user feedback contributed to the design and development of the site.

Congratulations to the entire team!

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Awesome World of Warcraft Video

December 2, 2006

(via //engtech) doesn’t accept their own tracking numbers

December 1, 2006

WindowBook’s doesn’t accept their own tracking numbers.

My pre-ordered signed copy of An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder was shipped by ViewAskew with a 22-digit tracking number. The tracking page basically fills in the form seen on the main page, but the form textboxes have a 20 character maximum entry. This causes the 22-digit tracking number to lose the last two digits, and WindowBooks can’t find this new super-secret special tracking number. I had to use Firefox’s Web Developer extension in order to remove the maximum length restriction, enter the full tracking number, and submit the form.

The good news is that their backend can accept the 22-digit number. The bad news is that their front-end can not.

Edit 3/15/07: It appears that the PostalTracking site can now accept the full 22-digit tracking number. However, the site now includes an MLM pitch (“Making Money With MLM”) and GoogleSyndication ads.

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December 1, 2006

I went with some friends to Foxwoods on Black Friday-night, November 24th. I waited in the queue for 4 freakin’ hours before getting a seat. One of the pitbosses I talked with said that Labor Day and Thanksgiving are the busiest times.

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