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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: elfy
2010-06-10 09:54 am (UTC)
In the (german) google help forum it says it's just today to advertise the possibility to change the background and it will be back to normal tomorrow.
Yeah, it still sucks, no question, but at least it's just one day.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-06-10 10:01 am (UTC)
So it seems to me that they are doing exactly what DougS is asking for - they *test* the usability.

Admittedly it is is in a wide public beta test which we didn't opt in for but...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-06-10 10:28 am (UTC)
They're not testing the usability, the feature's been in place for US users for a while, where they can add or remove a background image of their choice. They've explicitly stated that they're doing it to advertise the feature in the rest of the world. Not a test.

And the opt-out which exists doesn't work if you're not signed in, and won't run if you're doing almost anything with cookies other than "accept anything" or if you've disabled cross-site scripting.
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