[ubuntu-uk] School websites

Dino T. dino at dinot.co.uk
Sun Jun 12 10:04:13 UTC 2011

Things like Dreamweaver add a lot of bloated code. Even at government
training at your local library they terach you basic HTML so you can attempt
to fix errors. Good luck getting a fast load and SEO results unless you know
coding and are doing so by yourself. My source? I got my degree doing Web

An online presence includes giving information about timetables and events.
Good luck getting schools to run something like Blackboard that universities
use. Even the pros who made Blackboard still built a pretty terrible
navigation system for teachers and students to use.

Teachers get timetables etc through fax and email. Having to load up a
website to get that information on your phone, whom not all teachers have
HTC's, Galaxy's etc is terrible productivity.

As for parents and students, on top of letters confirming events etc, a PDF
is good enough for them. Until I read these emails I've never heard a parent
moan about downloading a PDF file. Especially since most browsers load them
in. They get on with it.

*Dino Tassigiannis BA (Hons)*


On 11 June 2011 22:02, Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:

> On 11 June 2011 21:44, Dino T. <dino at dinot.co.uk> wrote:
>> 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.
> Few build web pages in raw html nowadays.  No-one should be so doing.
>> School websites are only done as a means to advertise and make the school
>> have an online presence.
> I don't think those are the right reasons for a school to have a website.
> it should be there to make life easier for teachers, students and parents.
> If it is not doing that then it is a waste of effort.
>> 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.
> On the other hand if to have the data accessible on mobile phone is
> sufficiently useful to teachers, students or parents then that is a good
> reason for doing it.
> Colin
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