Via the blog Helpful Technology, a very effective critique of the design and content of the British government's new pandemic flu site. Excerpt:
When the National Pandemic Flu Service launched last week, it was always going to be big. As it transpired, the demand was massive, beyond even what the developers had predicted with over 2,000 requests a second for the homepage.
When I checked the site later that day (for professional reasons), I was surprised. To be clear: I don’t really know how or why the site looks as it does: I’ve not been involved in that to date, and there’s always internal politics, a technical backstory and a team doing their best behind every government website. But as a lay outsider I started thinking: in a fantasy scenario, how would I have done it?
As it turns out, considerably better than the government. But don't get me going about the problems of corporate webwriting.