On 20 November 2012 13:19, Yikes <belinda.mus...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry if I offended anyone with this site, I'd just hadn't seen a
> wordpress site that looked like this before, so thought I'd post it! I
> didn't look too closely at the source code!
> I am seeing a lot of sites that look like this recently (one very long
> page), mostly internet startup companies based in the USA. I wonder if it's
> just fashion (like splash screens were) or whether there's a perceived
> advantage with Google having all your content on your index page? (not that
> there *will* be an advantage with Google of course!) Just wondering!
It's absolutely only about a recent design trend. Not just US based, I've
seen a good number of UK and other sites too. Hopefully it will die soon.
> I didn't think about the accessibility issue about the scrolling, although
> they do have "Sticky" navigation which clings to the top on the desktop
> version. Would this be an advantage from a usability point of view if you
> did have a page that was quite long? It seems to disappear on the mobile
> and iPad versions though.
I would mostly regard it as a disadvantage even to sighted and able viewers.
When you first hit the site, the animated scroll 'button' looks like it
should be clicked on, the mouse cursor even changes to tell you you can
click on it. But clicking doesn't do anything.
The persistant navigation is not yet visible at the top of the page.
If you do figure out to scroll down (and many would use the scroll bar at
the side of the window), the first click doesn't change the content other
than to bring the giraffe into view.
I managed to get it so that clicking in the scroll bar a second time puts
the first section of content underneath the navigation so you don't get to
The services section items animate when you mouse over them, hinting that
maybe you can click on them, but once again nothing happens.
If you click to have the screen scroll to a specific section and the
content scrolled to doesn't fit the page, then you need to scroll normally
to see through to the end of that section, and if you scroll too far you
get to see the next section and maybe you start reading that, but it's not
a continuation of what you were just reading...
If you then click on the next menu item, it scrolls to a part you've
If you manage to make your way back to the top of the page, the scroll hint
has now gone and you are left looking at just two words and no clue what to
It can be very confusing for people who are not familiar with the web, it
is so very different from most of what they have previously encountered.
For people with cognitive difficulties, I should imagine it could be
impossible to understand.