The website for the Eastern District of Virginia’s ECF system is having some issues. It has unexpectedly acquired the following color scheme:
And so, when I logged into ECF earlier, I was suddenly and unexpectedly confronted with a screen entirely filled with the most horrifying shade of green-gold the world has ever known. The color has been variously identified by attorneys viewing it as “aggressively cat diarrhea green”, “baby poop green”, and “ebola-infested olive.”
A quick look at the source code for the page shows what it wrong — and reveals that, thankfully, EDVA is not intentionally inflicting that color scheme on its users. Apparently, whoever handles the website was trying to go for the much more predictably bland #999966 for the background shade. Unfortunately for them, they accidentally set the color with the following: <BODY BGCOLOR=#999966″>. And, as I am reliably informed by someone who knows a lot more about such things than I do, that little extra ” has somehow managed to convert the website’s background from the staid #999966 into the cringe-inducing #999600 instead.
Now let’s see just how long it takes for them to fix it.
Update: As of July 27, the website is still not fixed. Damn, EDVA needs to look into hiring some new, more diligent tech people.
Hilariously, they also have left public some of the internal script labels:
“This message is contained in the file OperationNotice.htm.
You may use this file to alert users to current CM/ECF operational issues.”
I wonder how they managed to screw it up so badly. But mostly how, after screwing it up, it is apparently taking them months to fix it.