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<time datetime="2004-05-05T00:00:00+05:30" pubdate><span class='month'>May</span> <span class='day'>05</span> <span class='year'>2004</span></time>
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<div class="entry-content"><p>-RANT BEGINS-</p>
<p>Visiting <a href=""></a>, I found a link to the redesigned <a href="">New York Public Library</a>. And it&#8217;s way too awesome! I hope this will pave the way for a redesign of the unsuable <a href="">island&#8217;s library site</a>.</p>
<p>The first reason why I need to heap praises on this excellent piece of art is that it is so <i>usable</i>. The front page presents information regarding the library and the <a href="">books and materials</a> presents a page of different databases that i can search. And <a href="">each</a> <a href="">catalog&#8217;s link</a> is easy to remember and just typing that in would get you to the search area for that catalog. And what&#8217;s more each catalog loads zillion times faster than the Singapore&#8217;s online library &#8220;catalogue&#8221;.</p>
<p>The <a href="">National Library of Singapore</a> has a link to a mysteriously named &#8220;catalogue&#8221; on its main page. On clicking that, you are asked to choose two &#8220;databases&#8221; -one of which is that of a Military Institute, though I have no idea why I would search the database of a military institute (which deserves a separate search icon on the main page). And then finally, after a long wait (during which I try to count the number of vowels in the Page-Loading message - and always have time for a recheck), I see a semblance of a search page loading. This is where my quest to search library materials should technically end. But it doesn&#8217;t, I am again asked to choose the mode of my search -Easy or Advanced, after which, I get to <i>actually</i> search what I want. And I always regret visitng the site.</p>
<p>Another regret is the pathetic use of colors. From what I have seen, all government owned organizations use horrible colur schemes. Be it on a <a href="">website</a> or on multistoried apartments built by the <a href="">Housing Development Board</a>. The apartments are sights for sore eyes, freshly painted with sickly blue and each having the block number painted over the WHOLE building in pink!</p>
<p>P.S. Note the use of frames in both the Government Websites. Specifically note the color of the &#8220;e-services&#8221; banner ad that kills your vision in the HDB site.</p>
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