I’m going to rant a bit about something that genuinely pisses me off to no end. I visit a website, for anything, and there are more than likely going to be videos. I don’t mind that one bit, some people prefer them….. But others do not.
Are you force feeding video to your visitors, causing rage?
I personally never view videos, that is unless the idiot who added the content to the page I am viewing did so ONLY in video. I have several reasons for this, many other people do as well.
- I am very hearing impaired and even the top news channels are such poor audio quality I cannot understand them. Some have captions you may say.. Okay, you’re right, but I invite you to turn them on on your TV for a week and seen all the mistakes, missing verbiage and lag before you offer CC as a viable solution.
- People, including myself might actually have manners and care that others around me do not want to hear what I am watching. Yes, manners, it’s really a thing.
- If a user opens a link, even on a killer PC like mine and say they are doing ANYTHING else, the video causes lag, disruption and general funkiness on the other pages open.
- Lastly, what about sight impaired users? They can’t watch that video and “get it” because of their disability. If there was text, they could use their screen reader.
So, the reason I am ranting is not only because I am a die-hard usability guru, but when looking up the sad and unfortunate attacks in Brussels today, CNN broke many of the rules above. I visited this page (notice the shitty link text? I also no-followed the link, because they DO NOT deserve an inbound link from me if they can’t practice proper accessibility for users). Immediately I was accosted by an exorbitant amount of ads, my browser became slow and sluggish, it AUTO-PLAYED some stupid and very irrelevant video ad which I was NOT even allowed to stop….
Then after I finally shut off the video they shoved down my throat and I am reading the text. Then I am interrupted after the first paragraph when my screen jumped up to allow the stupid video I had already turned off to be available in the right hand sidebar. All of my software, including browsers is 100% up to date, so no, I’m not to blame either. So I left… Raging and pissed off.
Back to Google and pick the number 5 result instead of the “best” result….
MUCH BETTER! Way to go New York Times! I visited their Brussels attack article here and wallah…. No laggyness, no video auto-starting anything, the ads are respectable and do not interfere with the article and even a slideshow was included to I could see the images without playing the video. Bravo. For the record, I did not nofollow the NYT link, they deserve my link juice!
Another question for another day might be why Google prefers a clearly non-accessible website over a website properly accessible for all or most? Guess maybe they need to practice what they preach….
Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent inter