Aditya MadanapalleJan 04, 2017 08:22:07 IST
Trai has updated its website to a much more modern look. There are slick fading menus now, bright banners loudly declaring the various activities, and an interface that actually invites users into the consultation process. The new web site has been designed by the National Informatics Centre( NIC ).
The news has been brought to the front, a section of the site that had been buried. The news no longer scrolls, which is a lot less seizure inducing, and a lot more 2017. Similarly, open consultation processes take center stage. There is a handy list of events on the right. The web site is now a lot more easier on the eyes to navigate. The bright colours and attractive visuals make sure that you do not fall asleep while going through the site. It would be amazing if the same design is carried over to the consultation papers as well, but that is wishful thinking.
We took the opportunity to look back on the previous redesigns of the site. This is how the site appeared in 2016. Pretty busy, pretty cluttered, but still a lot of the information is just a few clicks away. The 2009 version of the site had a scrolling news section, but also a marquee on top where the phrase "Telecom Regulatory Authority of India" hypnotically went across the screen repeatedly. A drop down menu on the left was the navigation bar, which was the contemporary style in the previous decade.
You really hit the jackpot when you go even further back in time, to 2005. There are blinking animations all over the place. No less than three sections of the site are blinking, and all of them appear to be news updates in some form. There is even a telephone, one of those ancient landline telephone, where handset is flying off the base station. There is even a typical nineties neon pink and blue colour scheme.
It is great to see the same familiar sections even in the oldest versions of the site. This shows that TRAI has been approaching its job consistently, and a thoroughly established process. Even the oldest versions of the site have the familiar consultation papers, regulations, recommendations and directives.
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