It's hardly rocket science…

“NASA has launched NASA.gov 5.0, the first major redesign of its primary Web site in more than four years” said the news item in NASA’s “Breaking News” RSS feed. It continued “The new design goes beyond a cosmetic facelift. It features a new level of interactivity and customization…”. Intrigued, I clicked through the link, and was soon presented with an alarming warning: “There’s a problem with your browser or settings. Your browser or your browser’s settings are not supported.” at the top of a really ugly page:

NASA-new-website

Since I was using the current release of Firefox, that seemed ludicrous. As, indeed, it was, because it turned out that the “problem” was that I had Javascript disabled.

Note to NASA: many people have Javascript disabled, sometimes for security and sometimes by their employer or other host organisation. Sometimes, it’s not supported by their mobile device, and sometimes by the assistive technologies that their disabilities require them to use. Your most important visitor, Google, also has Javascript disabled.

NASA-new-website-2

If they can’t get a simple website right, how on Earth (sic) are they going to put people on Mars?

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About Andy Mabbett

Enjoying my new freelance career, helping organisations to understand on-line communities, open content, and related issues.
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2 Responses to It's hardly rocket science…

  1. JackP says:

    *chortle*

    I was wondering how come I’d not come across the Mabblog before but upon further reflection it appears to have been going for about ten minutes. Welcome to the wonderful world of talking bollocks to all and sundry, Andy… (it’s a bit like being in the pub only everyone can permanently see what an idiot you are).

  2. pigsonthewing says:

    @JackP: Thanks, Jack – I think. I guess I’m going to have to start a blogroll, now!

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