NOAC Website Results - 2006
This year's NOAC featured a website competion. Our Lodge finished with 97.4 of 100. 91 was required to make Honor Website, so we qualified for this year. Our goal is to share the numbers and then solicit ideas to help improve them. Comments and Suggestions are always welcome
Content 22.8 of 23 points
|1.||Content on the site is appropriate to the Scouting movement. - OA Web Site Guidelines #2||4||4|
|2.||The site homepage features an event within three months of the date judged (past or future).||5||5|
|3.||A calendar of upcoming and recent events is easily available. The calendar should provide event descriptions or links to more information.||2.8||3|
|4.||A portion of the site has been updated within the last three months.||4||4|
|5.||Contact information for at least one lodge leader (i.e. chief, adviser, staff adviser) is readily available||4||4|
|6.||Basic information about the lodge and the council it serves is readily available||3||3|
|Calendar needs Description for each event.
Good Work. Last Modified Date is listed.
|There appear to have been 5 judges. It looks like 4 gave us a 3 on our calendar and 1 gave us a 2. The one who scored us a 2 is likely the one who said we needed event descriptions. This is a judging error as the criteria clearly states links are acceptable.|
Design 16.8 of 18 points
|7.||Each page is devoted to a single topic (Exception: homepage or index pages if used to provide short descriptions of and link to several different areas)||4||4|
|8.||Pages effectively utilize white space in addition to text and graphics for a pleasing layout||3.6||4|
|9.||Colors on the site complement each other, are coordinated, and are pleasing to the eye||4.2||5|
|10.||Pages throughout the site use a consistent layout, font selection, and style (Note: different sections of the site may have different styles, but pages within the same section should have the same style)||5||5|
|Yellow Text hard on eyes, nice layout only issue is it seems to run out of room on the right side, minor white space issues.
Good, but the bottom of the site's red cell is very large.
Great work on the site design.
|This is where we took our biggest hit. The yellow text had been identified before NOAC but a solution hadn't been found.
I don't know where the white space issues are - comments welcome.
The red cell got big because we threw in a bunch of links so the judges would find them this year. We'll work on better organizing that section.
Pizzazz 16.2 of 17 points
|11.||Pages use photos and other graphics to enhance written content||4.6||5|
|12.||Pages use buttons and other graphics to assist in the formatting and appearance of the page beyond simply enhancing content||4.6||5|
|13.||The site is accented by browser toolbar icons, animations, or other multimedia features that do not detract from the purpose of the site||4||4|
|14.||If used, animations such as Flash or animated GIFs load quickly, are easily skipped or stopped, and are not required for site navigation||1||1|
|15.||If used, video or other bandwidth-intensive multimedia files are provided in both highbandwidth and low-bandwidth versions||1||1|
|Ok, like photo galleries on pages
Nice job incorporating pictures into the site as well as graphics.
|We lost points on questions 11 and 12. We could probably use more graphics on the site, perhaps more committee logos and some guide images to help categorize news (like small committee logos). Suggestions welcome.
Question 12 is really sort of old school. We don't use many buttons and using graphics to format the page is not consistent with CSS design principles. We would probably lose points on this again next time.
Guidelines and Technical Compliance 22 of 22 points
|16.||The site does not contain any unprotected safeguarded information (i.e. OA ceremonies), BSA Supply Division materials, or commercial advertisements or materials (except for an acknowledgement of the hosting service) -OA Web Site Guidelines #3-6||4||4|
|17.||A method to contact the webmaster is easy to find -OA Web Site Guidelines #9||3||3|
|19.||The site contains links to:
a. Its councilís web site
b. Its sectionís web site
c. Its regionís web site
d. The National Order of the Arrow web site
|20.||Pages contain no apparent copyright or intellectual property violations -OA Web Site Guidelines #7||3||3|
|21.||Pages contain no published phone numbers, addresses or e-mail addressed of any youth||5||5|
|Many thanks to the sharp-eyed arrowmen who helped find violations in this section before the contest. You can't improve on perfection.|
Usability and Accessibility 19.6 of 20
|22.||Text is easy to read and user can change the font size without making the page unusable||4||4|
|23.||Page titles (in title bar) are unique for each page||1.6||2|
|24.||All images used for page content make appropriate use of alternative text tags that are accurate, succinct, and descriptive||3||3|
|25.||Each page has a navigation bar or similar way to get to all the main areas of the web site.||4||4|
|26.||All critical sections of the page (i.e. navigation bar, major content) appear acceptably in the viewerís normal browser. (Note: Lodge web sites should be functional in a wide variety of platforms and browsers)||4||4|
|27.||Pages download within 2 minutes, even on slow connections||3||3|
|Good! All ALT tages filled in. My biggest complaint when grading sites has been the lack of ALT tags. Good work!|
|One of the judges appears to have scored us a 0 on unique titles. The only place I can think of where titles aren't unique is in the photo gallery. In our site, the title and the header on top are identical.|
To Do List
Our list is pretty small, but may prove difficult
- Improve our color scheme either by ditching the yellow for a better color or making a more drastic change
- Verify that titles are unique, make changes in the photo gallery titles
- Add more graphic cues to the site, particularly news and calendar.
- Work to ensure that event descriptions exist on the calendar when there are no links to the events pages.