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Tesco have recently redesigned their web site. And trust me, it’s a world away from their previous design.
Previously the site used lots of images with small text and, horror upon horrors, frames. But now they’re serving up XHTML with standards-compliant markup. It doesn’t validate but the errors are minor; they’re all related to unescaped characters and could be quite easily fixed.
Update: At least it does until you try to buy anything; then the frames rear their ugly heads again. It appears the shopping cart bit hasn’t yet been updated, only the frontend of the site.
I’m starting to see a lot more sites in the UK go down the standards route and I have a feeling that the final stage of the Disability Discrimination Act (which came into force on October 1st) had something to do with it. Companies are finding that their sites are grossly inaccessible and rather than shoehorn accessibility into their existing sites they’re opting for total redesigns.


  1. This is a great move forward – not just for accessibility for the less able, but for the internet as a whole. Now several high-profile companies have implemented accessibility and standards to such a degree (Disney, ABCNews, and others), hopefully the other leading websites – like eBay, Amazon, Google even – will follow suit. This can only have a good effect; the knock on effect. Other, smaller companies will have to implement standards in order to avoid losing potential business to the giants. The future of the web is looking a little more rosy once again!

  2. I hope they update their browser sniffing script too—if I try and buy anything using Opera, I get redirected to the “Tesco Access” site, a very basic version of their site “designed specially to work with new internet technology, such as an Internet TV box, a pocket PC or with any computer with a screen resolution less than 800 x 600 pixels”. But if I set Opera to identify itself as MSIE 6.0, I can shop using the full version of their site.