A cleaner look but lacking in interactivity
Web-design and other internet experts who have previewed the new government Web portal said it had a more modern look than the current site, but more work should be done to improve interactivity.
Will Ma Wai-kit, a lecturer at Shue Yan University's journalism department, said the new design would rectify the problem of the existing portal's lack of focus.
'The framework is much cleaner, and the colour schemes, using dark grey and light green in different sections, are in stark contrast,' he said. 'It improves the readability.'
He said the small graphics had been dropped from the front page.
'Using a photograph makes the website more lively and rich in colour. It can also grab attention easily.'
But he said that the new portal should have more interactive features, to meet the expectations of sophisticated Web users.
'It should make use of other social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to push its message out to the public,' he said. 'The Web community is all about interaction.'
Charles Mok, chairman of the Internet Society Hong Kong, agreed, saying that the government portal had to 'build a presence in various social media in the Web 2.0 world'.
Mr Mok, a member of a subcommittee on e-government service delivery, said the new portal should not put too much into one website, as it might confuse some users.
'No longer can a government provide a 'one-stop' portal to suit all citizens,' he said. 'Look at [US President Barack] Obama: from his election campaign website to the White House website, he has set up different content for different target groups based on sex, ethnicity, profession and social category.
'Running an e-government may not mean less work, but more. But it is necessary and there is no choice, or the digital native generation will further despise the government for lagging behind the trend.'