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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

Google Beats Apple And Apple Beats Google in Supporting HTML 5. IE Still Sucks.

June 8th, 2010 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

The HTML 5 Test is a really cool site that tells you how much HTML 5 support is built into your browser. With Apple screaming “We have the best HTML 5 support” I thought it would be logical to visit The HTML 5 Test and see who’s the real winner.

I went on Monday, June 7, the day Safari 5 was released. I went back on Tuesday and discovered that the test had been revised. The original test had 160 possible points, while the current test (released on Wednesday) has 300. I’ve broken the tests down by New (300 point scale) and Old (160 point scale). The score does not include bonus points

Score Test Points Browser Version
72.33% New 217 / 300 and 10 bonus points Google Chrome 6.0.922.0 dev
69.00% New 207 / 300 and 7 bonus points Apple Safari 5.0 (7533.16)
65.66% New 197 / 300 and 7 bonus points Google Chrome 5.0.375.70

5.0.375.70 beta


46.33% New 139 / 300 and 4 bonus points Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3
46.33% New 139 / 300 and 4 bonus points Opera 10.60
42.66% New 128 / 300 and 7 bonus points Apple Safari 4.0.5 (531.22.7)
12.33% New 37 / 300 and 0 bonus points Microsoft IE 8.0.6001.18904
10.66% New 32 / 300 and 1 bonus point Microsoft IE 1.9.7766.6000 Platform Preview
07.33% New 22 /300 and 0 bonus points Microsoft IE 7.0.5730.13
88.75% Old 142 / 160 Google Chrome 6.0.922.0 dev
86.25% Old 138 / 160 Apple Safari 5.0 (7533.16)
71.87% Old 115/ 160 Apple Safari 4.0.5 (531.22.7)
63.75% Old 102 / 160 Opera 10.60

Google can claim they beat Apple and offer better HTML 5 support, but that’s if you’re using the 6.0 developer version, which most of you shouldn’t be using.

Apple can claim they beat Google and offer better HTML 5 support with the current stable releases, which is probably a more accurate claim.

The truth is support is still pretty crappy. Speaking of crap, Microsoft’s IE 7 and 8 are POS when it comes to HTML 5. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know IE 9 is so much better, but nobody in their right mind would test it on their production machine. That’s assuming their production machine isn’t running XP because IE 9 won’t work on XP.

I’m too curious. I installed the IE 9 Platform Preview on my Vista laptop. IE 9 isn’t really a browser, but more of an HTML viewer. For one thing, you can install it alongside another version of IE. That’s really, really difficult to do in the real world.

As you see in the scores above, IE 9’s HTML 5 support is less than IE 8, but greater than IE 7. I’m not impressed. Here’s a screenshot showing the new, still limited support.

Posted in Bad Business Practices, Not a Daily Sucker, Software |

Something that doesn’t suck about a topic that does.

April 27th, 2010 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

I hate forms. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, WPTS is a form-free zone. However, they’re insanely important for most sites and here’s “Best Practices in Form Design,” a free, downloadable, 133-page PDF (4.37Mb) from the guy who wrote the book on forms.

Download the PDF

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Twitter, Usability, Web Design, You Should Read |

Wish I Said This First

April 16th, 2010 1:01 pm by Vincent Flanders

An old high school buddy, Terry Schill, came up with a brilliant take about recent Twitter events: “Not bragging, but all of my Tweets are going into the Library of Congress….who would have known?”

Definitely NOT The Daily Sucker.

The best part of the Twitter deal is that everyone can now legitimately tell people, “I’m an author. My works are in the Library of Congress.”

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Twitter |

Not the Daily Sucker – Information Architecture TV: Wireframes

April 8th, 2010 7:07 pm by Vincent Flanders

Not the Daily Sucker – Information Architecture TV: Wireframes

Check out the site. Content doesn’t suck.

Website Wireframe Lecture from Chrissy Kimball on Vimeo.

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Usability |

I’m getting better

March 25th, 2010 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

I’m spending a lot of time working with web page speed. I discovered an interesting factoid: if you throw all your HTML, Javascript, CSS and graphic files in the same directory (and modify your files to account for this), your pages will load 20-30% faster. Of course, I wasn’t a math major.

Nice, neat directory structure Threw everything in one directory
2517ms (empty cache) 1864ms (empty cache)
1949ms (primed cache) 1372ms (primed cache)
I used Steve Souders Hammerhead for calculations.  

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