[access-uk] Re: NEW ACCESSIBLE SEARCH ENGINE

Ian,

    After a few brief searches, the site looks very good. The presentation
is nice and clean and the category headings are very useful if you're not
sure what you're looking for.

    Personally, and I'll stress this is purely an issue of my own taste, I
still prefer Google. YouSearch provides too much in the way of help. Access
keys can be turned off admittedly, but there are also plenty of skip links
which for me at least put more clutter in the way than I'd like. That said,
these aids provide welcome help for many people, so this isn't a critisism
in the least.

    The search results themselves were accurate for the most part and the
lack of advertising was very nice indeed. Good use of headings to structure
the page layout make life very easy and definitely give YouSearched one up
on Google.

    Best of all are the nice touches like stating that external links will
open in a new page, something I usually force manually when using a search
engine anyway and also the fact that they are clearly making such an effort
with accessibility and usability.


    Has anyone else tried this SE yet?

Tink.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Macrae" <ian.macrae@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 12:49 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: NEW ACCESSIBLE SEARCH ENGINE


> Hi Tink, can you say what it's like as a search engine as compared, for e=
> xample, with Google?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf =
> Of L=E9onie Watson
> Sent: 28 June 2004 12:31
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: NEW ACCESSIBLE SEARCH ENGINE
>
>
> Ian,
>
>     Absolutely, I mailed YouSearched to let them know about the problem a=
> nd also to give my compliments.
>
>     Initially I received the following reply:-
>
> Thank you for your kind message and for bringing the Bobby issue to us.
>
> when we did our Bobby test it was carried out on the Yousearched lay out =
> and accessibility design and not the content within the Yousearched. Yous=
> earched act as a search engine which contains millions of other websites =
> which unfortunatly are not all accessibility friendly,
>
> unfortunatly that gives a wrong reading on Bobby. sadly only 18% of the W=
> orld websites are accessibility friendly, lets hope this number will incr=
> ease."
>
>     I suspect that the person manning the  email desk may not be a develo=
> per, as the home page does not appear to carry external content. This onl=
> y appears to be the case after a search is made. So I mentioned this and =
> received the following:-
>
>     "I quite understand your advice with regard to Bobby and will act acc=
> ordinally, once again I thank you for your valuable suggestion."
>
>     It's great to find a receptive team and more power to them in the fut=
> ure!
>
> L=E9onie.
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