[ubuntu-uk] School websites

Dino T. dino at dinot.co.uk
Sat Jun 11 20:44:27 UTC 2011

Teachers have enough on their plate teaching 2-3 subjects. So on top of
teaching subjects they didnt do a degree, they now by your standards have to
learn HTML etc? Give me a break.

School websites are only done as a means to advertise and make the school
have an online presence. They do not in majority hire web designers to do
them. Most are templates altered to school colours or a teacher designed it
that volunteered to create the site using Dreamweaver. That's why so many
school websites look alike.

Once the website is done its much faster to upload PDF's and point a link to
it than create a layout for what is said on said PDF. Time is money and
considering teachers don't get paid enough and are mistreated as it is, the
last thing they need is to be told to become web designers too. They are
schools, not the W3C or anyone linked with web accessibility so its not
their responcibility to make sure you can view their website ok on your
tablet PC or your Android phone.

*Dino Tassigiannis BA (Hons)*


On 11 June 2011 11:01, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:

> I think schools have a lot to answer for... they're supposed to be
> educational establishments, yet they seem to fundamentally misunderstand the
> whole concept of the web...
> PDFs are fine, for documents that need to be printed consistently (eg.
> posters for school events) but ALL other information (where possible) should
> be in plain HTML, marked up in such a way as to be accessible to those on
> devices from the latest phones to the most basic 800x600 PC...
> Why should I have to load up a PDF reader to find term times?  To find
> information on some school trip?   To get the contact information for the
> staff?  Even worse if it's Word or Excel, but PDF is bad enough.
> I would like to think that schools "flew the flag" for accessibile web
> content etc. yet it seems that they are well behind the times.... or could
> it be they're just too lazy?
> Sean
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