A Quick Fix: Navigation Bars on WebTV
If you're in "fix-it mode" -- if you want to invest a small amount of time to make a significant improvement in the appearance of your Web site on WebTV -- the best place to start is on your site's home page, and the first thing to look at is the navigation bar that probably appears at the top or bottom of each page. Home pages often have dense layouts that can be text-unfriendly, and navigation bars often include graphical text that is small in size.
The home page of Yahoo! (Figure 3), the most popular search engine on the Web, is a good example of small graphical text. The site as a whole uses HTML text almost entirely, and is easy to read on both a television screen and a personal computer monitor. However, the navigation bar across the top of the home page is a graphic with text and images mixed together. On a personal computer monitor, the text is small and hard to read. On a television screen, the text is nearly impossible to read, as shown in the figure.
This is a common situation on many top-rated Web sites, not just Yahoo! -- though in most cases the navigation text is a little larger than on Yahoo!. On most sites the problem is compounded by the repeated use of the navigation bar on most of the site's pages.
Figure 3. Yahoo! home page on WebTV.
If your Web site has a navigation graphic with small, hard-to-read text on its home page, the best thing you can do to make your site more WebTV-friendly is to fix the navigation graphic. There are a few ways to do this that meet different needs you might have for your site:
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