December 26, 2004
From the Articles That Unintentionally Parody Themselves department:
In the last article we listed some of the seemingly good but superfluous elements with which Web designers clutter their sites. We covered:
- Close, Bookmark and Print this Window links
- Flashy menus that don't help the user
- Right-click protection scripts
- Tunnel pages
- Background music
This time we will wrap up with some more examples and a list of ideas for how to spot cluttering knick knack.
Indeed, how would one spot this kind of problem?
Perhaps by reading the very article itself..
Posted by Jeff Atwood
I actually love the 'Print this window' button. For instance on the devx.com. Usually they break up articles into 5-6 really short pages to maximize the ad revenue. Clicking on 'Print this window' button brings up a new window with the entire text of the article in it.
To that I would also like to trash consultancies that ramble endlessly about W3C standards and then attempt to get designers to adhere to those, even when they are neither dealling with HTML or XHTML but ASP.
Clicking on 'Print this window' button brings up a new window with the entire text of the article in it.
Excellent point; I sometimes stumble on Google results in this format (the "print version") and you're right, I should actively seek it out!