This is the third part of a series of entries covering websites operated by county councils for the 2008 local elections. Previous I evaluated websites operated by Monmouthshire County Council and the City and County of Swansea. In this entry, I will look at the site run by Cardiff Council.
Cardiff Council’s local election website is produced by the same software as the site from Monmouthshire County Council, although with one major difference. MCC’s website acts like a PowerPoint slideshow, cycling between each ward, whereas Cardiff’s acts like a normal website.
Links to each ward are shown on the initial screen allowing the user to jump straight to the ward they are interested in. This makes the website much more user friendly.
The election pages themselves are built into the standard Cardiff Council site, making it easy to locate, and removing the use of frames the causes many of the problems with the other implementation I’ve seen.
In general, this website is much better than the system operated for MCC, and avoids many of the same issues; however, there are a number of improvements that could be made. For example, use of a geographical map would help users locate their ward – a problem solved by Swansea Council’s website.
Ease of use: 3/5 – Direct links to each ward makes it quicker and easier to locate details quickly, although a map would make it even easier.
Level of detail: 4/5 – Good detail of information and use of graphs.
Accessibility: 3/5 – Summaries of tables still missing on some wards, although lack of frames improves the score