It doesn't look as if anyone else has seen it (or if they have they can't be bothered responding) so I will kick off the replies and say I have had a look. I think bringing it into line with the rest of the IET sites is a good start, providing consistency, but I always have problems when websites are redesigned as there are pages that seem to disappear - there are some pages from the old IET site that I still haven't found which I think have been removed and not replaced. My verdict is therefore tentatively positive and time will tell. If pages have gone missing, the more people there are who highlight this, the more likely the pages will be reinstated.
I've just had a quick look and the "Building Regulations" section caught my eye. It looks like it is in need of a bit more than than just a look & feel refresh. Most of the information there looks (for England at least) looks to be over six YEARS out of date - it seems quite unaware of the 2013 version of part P which han entirely different list of notifiable work - or the fact that Wales no longer automatically adopts changes to the English regulations and is in some cases at least following quite a different version.
Well it looks ok but I still haven't been able to suscribe to the wiring matters magazine. Also, a new tab with the IET electrical screen requires me to log in again. I suppose this is just beta testing?
Tis true, so it is. When I tried to open the file an error message stated that I had to buy Windows Office.
Don't believe everything Micro$oft tell you. If you'd installed one of the alternatives (such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice) it would have worked fine without having to buy anything. On the other hand it might have been easier to read if it had been in a more portable format such as PDF - but then if the form has to be filled in and returned (rather than just read) then the "writer" versions of Adobe Acrobat aren't free or commonly pre-installed so you're back to the same problem again. You could have a web-based form that anyone could fill in and submit using any browser, but then the user doesn't get an opportunity to keep a copy of what they're submitted (or format it nicely) so not ideal either.
Pardon my curiosity if this question seems to be going off the point, but we are talking websites anyway.
Why does the IET domain name have a "the" in it, rather than simply "iet.org"?
I can understand this for some other organisations. For instance, the Automobile Association has the domain "theaa.com". I imagine it would have preferred to have just "aa.com", but American Airlines beat it to it.
However the domain "iet.org" does not seem to exist. Try visiting places like "iet.org", or "www.iet.org", etc., and it either diverts to the IET home page or kicks in the search engine, which finds our home page immediately.
From memory (which is now going back 13 years) in 2007 when The IET was created as a result of the merger between the IEE and the IIE the domain name IET.org was already taken and in use by someone else and therefore we adopted TheIET.org instead. I remember a number of emails being sent to us by the owner of IET.org because their mailserver was being flooded with misaddressed emails. 😂
I'm guessing that in the 13 years that have now passed the original owner has either relinquished the domain to us or has let it lapse which has enabled us to now put a redirect in place. I do notice though that by entering iet.org you get a 'domain not found' message but searching for www.iet.org will redirect you to Theiet.org so probably a question for the webmaster to look into!
Lisa Miles - Online Community Manager, Engineering Communities
It's a bit like the Automobile Association, their "ideal" website would have been www.AA.whatever, but the .com and the .co.uk were both grabbed by American Airlines and www.aa.org by Alcoholics Anonymous and www.aa.org.uk resolves to my ISP Andrews & Arnold.
However www.iet.uk is available, if they are quick!
RE www.iet.org resolving to www.theiet.org there is no reason why the forwarding or redirecting cannot be set up so that www.iet.org not only shows the website, but iet.org is shown in the address bar. (I do that with one of my website, so no reason why the IET cannot do similar if they wish.