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Gov2.net.au – the first quibble

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-06-23


I’ll be posting on other aspects of the Government 2.0 website launched by Tanner and Ludwig another day, but something in the banner design competition notice caught my eye:

The logo should be provided in a scalable (preferably vector based) or high quality version so it can be incorporated in any potential printed documents. Please use a popular graphics format such as jpeg, png, gif, or psd.

Ummmmmm.  I’m having a problem getting this into my brain – the enumerated list not matching the class label…

Vector graphics?  JPEG, GIF and PNG are bitmapped a.k.a. raster a.k.a. pixellized.

PSD?  Yes, it is a vector-based format, but I cannot think of tools that can generate PSD files in full vector glory apart from Adobe Photoshop…. few programs can even display PSD files.

If they want something that is scalable, vector-based, and graphic, then SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) format is the only sensible choice, with the added advantage that SVG is a web standard, defined by the World Wide Web Consortium – the same folk that determine all web standards.  See the SVG page at the W3.

And, while thinking about websites for "Government 2.0", you’d hope that the site would send out HTML that actually parsed, allowing it to meet pretty much the simplest technical requirement the W3 defines.  Nope!, unlike the finance.gov.au site which DOES parse correctly.


  • Check ANY web page (that doesn’t need a cookie to log in) using validator.w3.org.  All it does is check if the HTML is well-formed.
     
  • The errors on gov2.net.au were both as follows (on line 208 column 16, and line 210 column 16):
    end tag for "ul" which is not finished.
    Most likely, you nested tags and closed them in the wrong order. For example <p><em>…</p> is not acceptable, as <em> must be closed before <p>. Acceptable nesting is: <p><em>…</em></p>
    Another possibility is that you used an element which requires a child element that you did not include. Hence the parent element is "not finished", not complete.  For instance, in HTML the <head> element must contain a <title> child element, lists (ul, ol, dl) require list items (li, or dt, dd), and so on.

  • At least gov2.net.au (with two errors on the homepage) is better than the outsourced site running the human rights government consultation… 200 errors and counting….
  • My main beef is that my google searches across Australian governments won’t work any more, because it is outside the gov.au domain.

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One Response to “Gov2.net.au – the first quibble”

  1. Jacques Chester said

    You’re not the first to notice the drawbacks in the markup. They’ve hosted on WordPress.com and can’t adjust the theme.

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