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Someone at Google needs to be fired today [Jun. 10th, 2010|10:15 am]
Douglas Spencer
Amongst my specialties are such diverse elements as advising companies on the usability and accessibility of their websites, and explaining to them how making changes to their website which lead to the website being less usable and less accessible is really really stupid.

Today, Google is being really really stupid.

Changes which destroy usability and accessibility need to have a usable and accessible opt-out which is easy, which is quick, and which actually works.

Google, today you fail.

[User Picture]From: vicarage
2010-06-10 09:26 am (UTC)
Doug, your posts so often don't actually explain what you are talking about. Is this deliberate, because its really irritating?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-06-10 09:34 am (UTC)
Google have rolled out a compulsory background image on their search website at www.google.co.uk and many other country TLDs. It makes the site difficult to read for many users. In particular you can't read the text of the link which says "change background image", because it's on top of a background image.

You can't easily turn the feature off.

You can't change the image (for example, to a blank white jpg) if you're not signed in to a Google account.

You can't change it (for example, to a blank white jpg) if the script for turning it off fails to load or run, i.e. at the moment in all browsers I have.

None of the other techniques for turning it off are accessible to the non-technical user.

When you can turn the background off, the other screen elements don't cooperate with a blank/white background.
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[User Picture]From: tregenza
2010-06-10 11:49 am (UTC)
Also -

They don't provide you with a default blank image to use, you have to upload your own.

The background settings are not in the place you expect - e.g. my Search Settings or my Profile. They only place you can change it is via the search front page.

I agree with you, this is such a stupid, ill thought out change. I use Google for searches because it has a clean simple interface. This totally breaks one of Google most distinctive features.

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