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October 10, 2006 01:48 PM

Broken: Synopsis on PHC film website

Phc1010I'm a fan of Prairie Home Companion - the show, the movie, and its host "GK" - but not of the film's website.

Just one example: the synopsis is shown in Flash text (ouch) in a scratchy typewriter font, in a tiny size, in light gray text, on a slightly lighter gray background,... and then faded, to look extra old.

I've seen poorly displayed text, but this is really a humdinger. The designers of this site really, really don't want anyone to read the synopsis!

Hey designers: online, the ink is free - how about some contrast, and size, on the text?

See also: Past posts on this topic - 1, 2, 3.


I don't understand why you can't read this? I can read it with no problems.

Posted by: sitruc at October 10, 2006 03:45 PM

We've went over this already people. Get over it. It is not broken.

Posted by: st33med at October 10, 2006 03:50 PM

Well, wait... Don't look at the picture. look at the actual webpage. The text is a bit blurry.

Otherwise the contrast is fine.

Posted by: st33med at October 10, 2006 03:52 PM

I can read it perfectly.

Okay the contrast could have been better, yes. But still its readable.

Not broken at all in my opinion.

Posted by: gravano at October 10, 2006 06:52 PM

Jeez, I hope none of you guys actually design interfaces. "I can read it perfectly"? Who cares what you can read! You don't design interfaces for yourself! That text is just plain broken for anyone who has below-average eyesight.

Posted by: LKM at October 11, 2006 05:56 AM

Right on, LKM. Why do we always assume that if something works for us, it must work for everyone else, too? We all know from experience that this isn't true, right?

Sure, the text is readable. But its also uncomfortable to read (the bad contrast and long, run-on sentences). I gave up after the first sentence.

Posted by: KarmaBaby at October 11, 2006 11:55 AM

Once upon a time, I used to get Aldus Magazine, which became Adobe Magazine. It was free, had good articles, and it was gorgeous. I even upgraded PageMaker when the magazine told me to. But the text was difficult to read, and, since every issue carried a letter to the editor saying, "I'm old! I have bad vision! I can't read the text! Fix it already!", they should not have been surprised that it died so swiftly after they started charging for subscriptions.

Posted by: Shanti Rao at October 11, 2006 12:46 PM

fortunately the designers of this website allowed for the Flash menu to be accessed.

so for all who have trouble reading this site: right click on the screen and ZOOM IN!! then you can use your mouse to drag the screen until you can see the text PERFECTLY clear.

some of you may think that this is time-consuming but it only takes like 1 sec and besides, probably 90% of us can read the website anyway.

Posted by: dfritter4 at October 22, 2006 06:53 PM

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