The new Office for Budget Responsibility has a new website. It’s quite nice looking: plain, sober, entirely befitting its subject matter. Its HTML validates, albeit with some 404 errors around favicon graphics; and it’s easy to find your way around – although admittedly, with a tiny handful of pages, bewildering navigation would have been quite some achievement.
So on the surface, it’s a nice enough job. But it frustrates me to see yet another website launched without so much as an RSS feed; and with an almost total reliance on PDFs for its main substance – not for the first time, even the most basic text-only press release is only available in PDF format. No data.gov.uk-friendly data files, either. (Not yet anyway.)
There also seem to be suggestions in the source code of manual HTML coding going on behind the scenes..? Surely not.