Sony Ericsson goes visual Web 2.0, but not under the hood it seems

by oneafrikan on July 3, 2006

My housemate Dunners just took delivery of his new phone tonight, so we all sat around my PC checking out the specs online. Typical web geek that I am, I was more interested in the UI how the site had changed since I was last there, more than anything else… And although I really like it, and it looks nice and fresh on the surface, underneath it’s nice and bloated ;-)

It’s got gradients, simplicity and white space, but it’s lacking clean URL’s, semantic markup free of tables (where appropriate of course), uses Flash on the front page, and has loads and loads of inline styling and js bloat… Shoot forward to a language landing page, and things get no better… Opening up the product detail page and again it gets no better… Suprisingly enough, however, the product detail page passes W3C validation and so does the language landing page

Now, don’t get me wrong here – it works and it looks really good, but when I look at the source I start getting quesy and feel a little like I’m being led astray by someone who really should know better – how can something so beautiful look so ugly underneath? My private hunch is that the project manager at Big Corp (Sony Ericsson?) was given a validation report saying that things are hunky dory and passing validation, so unwittingly it was signed it off and here we are. My position is that I’d rather stand in front of a firing squad or be hung by my rather large big toe, than release code like that on a large public website…

What do you think?

One comment

That’s a lot of criticism in one day G! Sounds like you’ve got a few things niggling at you at the moment! Any upbeat posts around the corner?

by David Cruickshank on July 4, 2006 at 8:32 am. Reply #

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