Sixty Symbols has no navigation or media - ΩJr. Failure Notes

This information lives on a webpage hosted at the following web address: ''.

This university web site (university of Nottingham), designed to explain some of the symbols used in various fields of science, fails to offer navigation. Once navigation is construed, it fails to indicate how to watch the eductional movies.

A word from a sponsor:

Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck once said it eloquently: "if your visitors can't find it, it doesn't exist". That saying holds true for this web site as well.

Their home page shows a table of 60 scientific white symbols against a black background. We expect to click any symbol to retrieve an explanation of its meaning.

A table of 60 scientific symbols
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So we click... nothing.

Notice the lack of indication that anything might possibly be required to use this web site? So did we. We turned on javascript, and lo and behold, now we can navigate. We click one of the symbols and see... no movie.

Symbol explanation without movie
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They did include a silly description, which doesn't help if you were looking for education, but obviously no-one thought of supplying any indication of what plug-in to use to watch the movie. Do they expect we investigate or turn on the correct plug-in by chance? Maybe they don't host the video themselves, but load it via YouTube or some other video hosting agency, and we need to turn on iframes... but that too, is indicated nowhere.

These accessibility problems are easy to fix:

It's very easy and quick, and may succeed in spreading the knowledge, as well as make your university look more reputable.

We do want to place this web site in this category:

"Your Money Isn't Good Enough"
however universities are considered non-profit educational organisations, so we won't.

We are going to find out about these symbols on Wikipedia.

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