Thanks for treating this seriously.
Rather than “redesign our website” which often entails long discussions and personal likes and dislikes.
Focus on “text”, “images”, “videos”, “tables”, “sharing with attachments and messages”, “schedules” and other content specific editors, viewers, tools and layouts.
But put them into rectangular boxes you can move, resize, minimize, normal size, full screen. A box can hold other boxes and layouts and tools.
Then let people
move these around the screen as they like,
save individual boxes with names
save and share boxes with others
save and share layouts with others
On the Internet as a whole “too much styling and hand made layouts” is wasting 98% of all human time for making pages.
The big pages and sites are too hard for one person to do, and most people are not trained to deal with tens of thousands or millions of pages. But if you work with a core of essential windows that can be added to layouts, and let users choose their favorite, you can begin to simplify the maintenance of large sites, or global communities. And do it where the users are able to craft their own views and layouts and tools – to meet their individual and local organizational needs.
This is my synthesis of 24 years of studying the Internet to solve these problems, and more decades before looking are large and small organizations uses of computers and software.
Once there is a core of the modules (I call them hoverboxes or boxes for other reasons), then the servers or sharing locations can all simply send content, and the browser or operating system side tool implement the human interfaces, displays, and user side processes assisting the users.
All that aside, what it means is that a person like me, could choose my own text and image viewer that would apply to that kind of content – and set my own standards ONCE, not have to learn and negotiation with hundreds of millions of hand built pages and beg them (usually never answered) to change the font. When that kind of content is sent, it goes to my content viewer. My experience stays the same for all content sources and combinations of content sources.
The blind, physically handicapped (I am working now with all people paralyzed or bed ridden or disabled, in comas, infectious) – need voice, neural or intentional interfaces. I am gathering all those technologies for sharing online, but whatever groups has special needs can have their best in world support – in every context.
I have worked every day (with very few exceptions) for the last 24 years. I think what I am recommending can be done in a few years. But some immediately. I have talked with Google about rewriting the browser, and spent several years looking into the specialized tools for layouts for engineers, mathematicians, nuclear physicists, artificial intelligence work – many thousands of specialized problem sets. And those require having locally run tools – but where all the pieces fit together.
The Internet Foundation serves the whole human species. For the whole Internet, the purpose is not to enrich any one group or person or country or corporation or group – but that all people and groups can work globally and all the pieces work together. And where something new is found, or some older things need changing – to streamline and formalize how that is done – with out too high cost to society.
Those are the kinds of things I am recommending, and many things going on in parallel.
A website by your criteria can get a grade of A+++ 100% Gold star – and fail users completely. Or cost so much time and effort as to be completely worthless – or waste so much time that it is actually costing global society more than it contributes. You have to measure a site by its users success and efficient operation in the global context.
“The Internet is for everyone“
“The purpose of the Internet is the survival of the human species“
“Everyone should be able to live their whole life with dignity and purpose“
Richard Collins, Director, The Internet Foundation