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Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS
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Post Number: 412
Registered: 10-2003


Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 03:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I suspect most of us spend a lot of life within arm's reach of a desktop or notebook computer. But do you also use cell phones or other mobile devices to visit the websites of building product manufacturers or do other product research?

What has been your experience doing so?
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS 1-818-219-4937
www.chusid.com www.buildingproduct.guru
Colin Gilboy
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Post Number: 452
Registered: 09-2005


Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 04:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Some rough numbers from 4specs compared to the rest of the Internet.

Google sees that 60% of the search traffic is on smart phones and is driving search results to their mobile device database, downplaying websites targeting computer users.

4specs has about 10% of the visitors on smart phone - iPhones and Android and only 1% of the outbound referrals from the smart phones.

I had this email recently:

"Our challenge with AdWords is exactly as you described. It puzzles Google and others when we tell them most of our purchases take place days, weeks, or months after a click. Some even go beyond a year. They donít know how to handle that."

I added and the sale can be 7 states away.
Colin Gilboy
Publisher, 4specs.com
435.654.5775 - Utah
J. Peter Jordan
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Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 07:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Some manufacturers also don't really understand.
J. Peter Jordan, FCSI, AIA, CCS, LEED AP, SCIP
Brian E. Trimble, CDT
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Post Number: 106
Registered: 08-2005


Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 01:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I try to visit product manufacturer's websites at my computer, but often I am away from my desk and need to find some information quickly. That's when I use my cell phone (Android - Galaxy). I find that when I am on social media (which I do mostly on my cell phone) and click on a link that is of interest to me for a specific manufacturer, I'll read the info there. If I want more detailed information or want to download some pdfs, I'll wait to get on my computer for easier viewing.
Sheldon Wolfe
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Post Number: 1017
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Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 12:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I find it irritating that websites now are designed for mini-monitors. That's fine for cell phone users (I can't imagine doing real research on my iPhone!) but it becomes an obstacle when using normal monitors. A huge screen that shows only a few icons and a handful of words is crazy.

http://swconstructivethoughts.blogspot.com/2017/12/wayward-websites.html
Dewayne Dean
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Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Call me old school...but a cell phone screen is way too small to do research
Sheldon Wolfe
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Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 07:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Dewayne, you can call me just plain old "old"; it's hard to read anything on my iPhone.

ADA also applies to websites. I wonder how website designers will meet the demands of both cellphone users and accessibility. www.yokoco.com/ada-website-compliance-in-2018/
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS
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Username: michael_chusid

Post Number: 417
Registered: 10-2003


Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Speculation: The new ADA requirements for website may, eventually, be applied to construction contract documents for government and government funded projects; perhaps even private sector. If the contract or bidding documents are distributed primarily online, the requirements may become applicable sooner than we think.

While most of the requirements do not apply to text-based specifications, some do:

- Provide alternatives for non-text content (images).
- Various visual presentation enhancements including selectable colors, no justified text.
- Section headings are used to organize the content
- Users can tab throught he elements oa a page in a logical order.
- Provide definitions of idioms, jargon, and unusual terms and phrases.
- Provide the expanded form of abbreviations.
- Provide context sensitive help

Some of these are aligned with CSI formats. Others may require new programming.

What this means to drawings, models, and bim???
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS 1-818-219-4937
www.chusid.com www.buildingproduct.guru

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