While it’s become much more common than, say, a couple years ago, it still deserves mention whenever a high-profile website relaunches with exemplary web development practices. Such is the case with the Yahoo! UK & Ireland TV Listings site, which this past week relaunched with some of the leanest and cleanest HTML and CSS.
The site is rich with semantics, Microformats and advanced CSS techniques to improve the performance of page loads. Even the URLs of the actual TV listings themselves show off the attention to detail that went into this relaunch.
We congratulate the team at Yahoo! for their excellent work.
(Clarification: the accessibility concerns previously mentioned in this post don’t apply to the Listings site itself, which is in fact very accessible)
- #1 On March 1st, 2008 2:21 pm Steve Marshall replied:
Thanks for the compliments, Faruk: really good to get feedback like this :-).
- #2 On March 3rd, 2008 10:10 am Adrian HIgginbotham replied:
works nicely with a screenreader would add value if included details of where programmes include audio description in the style of TVHelp.org.uk
- #3 On March 4th, 2008 9:59 pm Keith Bowes replied:
Cool. Maybe there’s hope for the American TV listings sites. Or maybe not :)
- #4 On March 6th, 2008 11:25 am Robert Whittaker replied:
I also love the clean URLs they’ve used.
And for an added bonus, it looks like you can randomly ask for something like http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/listings/bbc-one/2008-03-06/14-00/ which then redirects to the start time of the program that’s on at the time you asked for.
- #5 On March 12th, 2008 2:01 pm Andy Hume replied:
The markup may be pristine by I’m none too enamored by the UX design. I can view 5 channels over a time period of only 3 or so hours. Getting a quick overview of the evening tv is quite a chore. I think there are better alternatives for the UK market personally.
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