You can see the old site here: Fitness World Rodgau
Since Adobe hateses teh Linux, I don't even have Flash on this thing (I go boot up Windows on the Virtual Box).
After every click in the menu the menu is in another place. All text is blurry, images are pixelated and the "only html" startpage with that litle code has 16 Errors, 4 warnings on validator. The guy who did the flash site was earning his money in a company with stuff like that. For me its just a hobby.
I feel your pain. I work my butt off trying to make the front-end of my company's sites usable and accessible, but I'm the only one here who cares, getting paid minimum wage and meanwhile Photoshop jockies and Flash wizzes get paid like four times as much because they can deliver splash and pizaaz. Or something.
I had a hart time to bring the owner to the point to change the site from flash to what it is now. Because the old develober was getting standing ovations for the site he made. There where getting mails from people and companys where there was getting congratulations for there great site. A fitness company was asking if they allow them to use there site (the old flash one) in a marketing seminar to show others how a site should look like. Can you imagine how hart it was to get rid of this flash shi...
People, especially business owners, love Flash. The idea that there are potential customers who don't have computers set up exactly the same way they do never crosses their minds, and if it does, they don't care (as much) because to them How It Looks is more important than Does It Work or even Can It Bring Me More Customers. I think this is a sad thing, but it's true and it will be true for a long time.
It's kinda like how people looking to buy an appliance insist on getting the one with the most knobs and buttons, when they are in the store. So that's what manufacturers make: more buttons and knobs, more complicated stuff. People like to buy that.
But consumer research and post-purchase questionaires usually find people either don't use most of the features, or are confused by them. A particular UX design may end up with fewer buttons and a few less options or settings, but because it looks like it Does Less, and therefore doesn't look As Awesome As The Others, it gets bought less.
In other words, what people want is not what people want. Not new and frankly I'm never quite sure how far to bother pushing against that. It's probably built-in biology or something.
Also here in Germany everybody want's a website but they wan't not spend money on it
Not just Germany. It's like this everywhere.
I was getting 300 Euro for it, so for that money i really don't go to deep into it. And as it is a gym site with maybe 2 or 3 visitors a day the chance that there will be somebody blind look at it is near zero.
Yeah, I understand. I did all I could to make sure the blind could get insurance for their cars, motorcycles and scooters. I'm probably the only person who has ever visited any of those sites with a screen reader the whole 6 or so years these sites have been online. And it's not like I get paid extra for it or anything: why would I be?
Though in general, for convincing someone to move away from all their content in Flash, all you need to do is mention Google and they usually start listening. It is possible to make Flash more accessible than it usually is and it's also possible to make some of the text content inside available to the googles, but it's still at a disadvantage compared to plain text + markup.
There's a sticky that pretty much explains my response over in Web Design: Definitive screen resolution FAQ. No matter how old it gets (and it's getting pretty old), the basics are still true: it's not a great idea to rely on a screen (or a browser) being a certain minimum size just to be able to access all the content (there are obvious exceptions to this, like giant photos on a photography site, etc).
There are many settings which are not standard (actually, I don't even own a copy of Safari that zooms, tho they may have finally added it to version 5), but they are there because people need to be able to adapt web content to their needs. This is why browsers offer things like high-contrast mode and why people download plugins like NoScript. That "most people" don't need these things is, again, little comfort for those who do need them. You are relying on zoom being available in the browser and that the user finds that works well enough for them.
(Again, for 300 euros, zoom is fine. My personal standards vs someone working for peanuts are two different things, and I understand that.)
Here are the sites from the other gyms in our area. All this sites are showing how much effort there are willing to put into a website.
Some of those are pretty bad! But one caught my eye as being fairly nice: Vitabel Frauen Fitness
Whoever built it may have been looking at search engines, since I see hidden headers and hidden hr's (hidden headers can be an accessibility aid). But no skip links. I dunno, that seems the best site of the lot.
Hm, what i read everywhere is that the default browser :focus outline is not eye-catching enough in FX and IE.
Opera and Safari make it blue and Chrome orange so my problem there is still the same regardless of whether its the default style or my css.