Colin, I know some songs are not from the sixties. Some are later, some earlier. My criterium was that the artist should have had at least one hit in the sixties, or started his/her career then... Like Steve Miller
Great site Sharon...you have done a good job
Well done, Steven. It must have been a lot of work! Some remarks, though
1: you link to another page using green buttons that shift a little bit if you mouse-over them: OK. But if somebody has moved to a page, the button on the new page is still the same one, including linking to the page itself. So: remove the link there (it's useless, only takes time). And I advise you to remove the mouse-over as well, and to give the remaining single button another color (darker or lighter green?), so that it's clear for your visitor on which page he/she has landed. Of course do this for all pages the same way. Navigation is more clear this way.
2: Why do you use a white background fill, while the main color of your pages is black. The contrast is too high! By the way, it's more or less 'common sense' not to use white text on a black background on business-orientated websites. Black text on a white background improves readability, and it is not that gloomy....
Very well done, Sharon. One of my remarks though is the same one as I posted commenting on Steven's site: the links on pages 'where you are' still link to that page itself. For instance: if you click on the home button while you are on the home page, the page rebuilds itself. This is disturbing and not needed. The same goes for all text links in the table on the left side. Remove all those links and give them another color when you are on the destination page, to make your layout less disquieting and more clear for your visitors.
One other small remark, Steven: the placement of your company logo shifts sometimes switching from one page to another... If you use Visual Site Designer full screen, then in the right lower corner you can see xy marks of the active object, to make it easy for you to place the object the same way always. Use the arrow keys for pixel-correct placement
I read with interest your comments regarding menus and color/contrast issues. There are probably at least two sides to each of these issues though:
There are some valid, practical reasons for keeping the menu the same for all the pages on a site, even though the menu item with a link to the page you're on may cause the occasional, unintended reload. For one thing, it saves time when you make a modification to the menu and just have to copy the same block of menu code to all pages.
I would agree that a site with a black background should either have the black extend all the way out, or have some other dark-colored background for the portions beyond the specified page width. Apart from that, though, the issues of readability, color choices, contrast, etc. is a whole science in itself, not to mention the personal views on 'what looks good'. I personally tend to like a site with black (or otherwise dark) background and white (or other light color) text, and have no problems reading it that way.
Again, John, I should emphasize that I'm not suggesting that you are 'wrong', only that there are a multitude of valid viewpoints on these issues!
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