Hot off the presses, so to speak, is Roger Skalbeck's annual report on
the best of law school homepages.
"For the third consecutive year, the website home pages for all
ABA-accredited law schools are evaluated and ranked based on objective
criteria. For 2011, law school home pages advanced in some areas. For
instance, there are now thirteen sites using the HTML5 doctype, up
from a single site in 2010. In addition, seventeen schools achieved a
perfect score for three tests focused on website accessibility, up
from eight in 2010. Nonetheless, there’s enough diversity in coding
practices and content to help separate the great from the good.
For this year’s survey, twenty-four elements of each home page are
assessed across three broad categories: Design Patterns & Metadata;
Accessibility & Validation; and Marketing & Communications. Most
elements require no special design skills, sophisticated technology or
significant expenses. For interpreting these results, the author does
not try to decide if any whole is greater or less than the sum of its
I'm sure there'll be more to talk about once I finish reading it.