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Re: Where does everyone live?

From:Michael Adams <michael.adams@...>
Date:Monday, November 7, 2005, 14:38
I do know there is alot of pages that are nothing but ADDS and the more
glitz and all are not what they need, but they do it anyways.

Why the biigger, more new toys and all, but in the process they force people
to either give up, or to upgrade and by new stuff to keep up.. The new,
bigger, faster, what ever..

But in the process they force more and more, and some just don't like it.
Why should I upgrade, or change, or buy more and more?

The division between the haves and have nots or poor vs rich or just those
who have the means to get more and faster and all, and .. how much for all
this? Lingo changes for sure, as those who have the access get online and
learn what LOL means?

But what about things like allowing for lesser access, so I don't have to
spend an hour downloading some movie on some website, so I can see the rest
of the site?

The Art of War..


----- Original Message -----
From: "taliesin the storyteller" <taliesin-conlang@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 6:29 AM
Subject: Re: Where does everyone live?

> * R A Brown said on 2005-11-06 08:46:21 +0100 > > * Henrik Theiling wrote: > > > What's the big problem about designing pages that are at > > > least visible in all browsers? *shakes head* > > > > I've more than once spent considerable trying to get things to behave > > more or less the same way in different browsers on my Mac only to > > discover when I view the pages on my wife's PC running Windows XP that > > at least one browser - usually IE - mangles the thing :=( > > > > What's the big problem with the browser designers getting them all to > > read read code in a similar way? *shakes head* > > <rant> > Ah, but you see, there are two standards. One de jure, which is defined > to painstaking detail by, the other de facto, defined by however > Internet Explorer behaves this week. The former changes slowly, the > latter each time Microsoft releases a new patch. The former can be > learnt by reading the w3c's standards, the latter by reading the w3c's > standards, implementing them and then see what does and doesn't work. > Simple, really. > > However, the real problem is not Microsoft. The real problem is the > attitude is "What I the designer see is what everybody ought to see." > Why is this so hilariously wrong? Simple: You can never know in advance > whether the content you are prettifying will be read by another > designer, a real human, a program, a blind person, or a dog, on a tv, a > cellphone, a monitor, by lights blinking morse code or in some fashion > not invented yet. The most important of these is beeing readable for > programs, if a page is not, it will not be indexed by search engines, > thus be invisible and for some people (say, fanatic Wikipedians) this > means the page in question does not exist. Programs can't see the pretty > colors and the nifty left-aligned flash-scrollbar at all. > > What to do? Simplify. It's not the wrapping, it's the message. Use > Occam's razor. Cut until there's nothing left that can be cut. Ignore > the desire for pixel perfection. The lovely red won't be red and lovely > for the large amount of color-blind people out there anyway. > </rant> > > Now, I won't claim that my pages are perfect, I know that the frontpage > is all wrong for the color-blind for instance, and font-sizes vary like > crazy. The Taruven-pages can't even be read comfortably on extremely > small screens because the examples are set in <pre>-tags. BUT: Strip > away all the colors and effects and it's only the color-coded examples > that lose information. (I'm still working on how to improve the encoding > of examples in (x)HTML.) I used to test *all* my html in Lynx, because > if it looks good in Lynx, it'll be readable everywhere, but currently > Lynx seems to have a problem with UTF8. > > > t., who unfortunately averages one typo per line these days.