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madderlake



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject: SVR Website - Part 13: 2018 Reply with quote

ARGH! The really irritating video on the homepage is on an unstoppable loop. It does not even respond to being paused. Brilliant way to make people go away.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See what you mean - really irritating!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:21 pm    Post subject: Re: SVR Website : 2018 Reply with quote

madderlake wrote:
ARGH! The really irritating video on the homepage is on an unstoppable loop. It does not even respond to being paused. Brilliant way to make people go away.
if you mute the tab, it's a lot less irritating!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know. I did. Very quickly. But one should not have to. Looping audio is a crass web design beginners gaffe - we should be a little more sophisticated by now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:04 am    Post subject: Re: SVR Website : 2018 Reply with quote

cherry_p wrote:
if you mute the tab, it's a lot less irritating!

Didn't know how to do that, I just turned volume down on speakers, but when listening to mp3 music that goes off as well. So looked it up, and "Ctrl + m" on Firefox will mute the tab as mp3 music continues to play. You live & learn.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone else clicked on the Days Out links at the bottom of every page?
They are so appallingly badly written that they are comical.
http://www.svr.co.uk/days-out-for-the-family.aspx

"Are you looking for a day out in the family? The Severn Valley Railway is 16 mile stretch of heritage train line running regular steam train and heritage diesel trains throughout the year."

I pointed out some of these, and a few more, over 18 months ago.
It looks like they have joined the Engine House panorama of "Alverley" and reference to the Exhibition Area "being updated with our 50th anniversary time-line" and the "Online Shop available soon" as permanent features.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
Has anyone else clicked on the Days Out links at the bottom of every page?
They are so appallingly badly written that they are comical.
http://www.svr.co.uk/days-out-for-the-family.aspx

"Are you looking for a day out in the family? The Severn Valley Railway is 16 mile stretch of heritage train line running regular steam train and heritage diesel trains throughout the year."

I pointed out some of these, and a few more, over 18 months ago.
yes - the wording is awful, but I can't see anywhere in the website admin system to correct these pages. I'll investigate further........
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
Has anyone else clicked on the Days Out links at the bottom of every page?
They are so appallingly badly written that they are comical.
http://www.svr.co.uk/days-out-for-the-family.aspx

"Are you looking for a day out in the family? The Severn Valley Railway is 16 mile stretch of heritage train line running regular steam train and heritage diesel trains throughout the year."


Is search engine optimisation the only purpose of these pages? Seems a very obvious way to do it?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cherry_p wrote:
Graham wrote:
Has anyone else clicked on the Days Out links at the bottom of every page?
They are so appallingly badly written that they are comical.
http://www.svr.co.uk/days-out-for-the-family.aspx

"Are you looking for a day out in the family? The Severn Valley Railway is 16 mile stretch of heritage train line running regular steam train and heritage diesel trains throughout the year."

I pointed out some of these, and a few more, over 18 months ago.
yes - the wording is awful, but I can't see anywhere in the website admin system to correct these pages. I'll investigate further........
These pages have now been added to the normal website admin system, so I've had a go at tidying them up; not perfect, but a bit better English! Not worth making major changes to this. Nexus [the website provider] commented "The text from those pages is mainly taken from other areas of the website previously authored – and updated for particular key phrases for web optimisation."
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Pete, that's much better although "Are you looking for a day out in the family?" still needs that one word changing.

Any chance you could get access to the Engine House Virtual Tour as well. It looks like another example of what happens when web design is left to someone who knows all about web design, but nothing about the subject.
Captions like "The Main Hall houses our stock of Eight locomotives, the contents changes on a regular basis with visiting engines arriving on a regular basis." and "The exhibition area is constantly changing as exhibits come and go, this area is currently being updated with our 50th anniversary time-line." could do with rewriting. There's also a few with no caption at all.

There's an imminent head on collision near Victoria Bridge as well, but I'd let that one go as artistic licence. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
Thanks Pete, that's much better although "Are you looking for a day out in the family?" still needs that one word changing.
ok -- fixed.
Graham wrote:

Any chance you could get access to the Engine House Virtual Tour as well. It looks like another example of what happens when web design is left to someone who knows all about web design, but nothing about the subject.
Problem is that this is a link to an external website -- I'll point this out, but not something that I think we could change ourselves. As you say, some of the captions are rubbish
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While you're there http://www.svr.co.uk/EngineHouse_Attractions.aspx will need updating please Pete - "Three new exhibitions for 2017". One new one for 2018 is listed in the preview timetable, but I don't know which of the old ones will continue. Presumably you'll have the inside track on that from the marketing committee?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete

The top tips from http://www.svr.co.uk/InteractiveMap.aspx link to a Festive season page

Patrick
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
Hi Pete

The top tips from http://www.svr.co.uk/InteractiveMap.aspx link to a Festive season page

Patrick
Patrick ... There are still quite a few things on the website to be changed for the 2018 season, which are being worked on at the moment by staff in Kidder office; timetable is ok now [I think], fares are mostly ok, though references to them on dining trains still to be done; I don't know if the 'top tips' for the new timetables have been done yet, so it may be that the InteractiveMap can't be made to work correctly yet. Not one that I think I should try to change -- I'll mention it to the office next week.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it possible to correct the date for GWR 813: date built/completed is June 1901......not 1900. Thanks

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