I realize this post paints me as a member of a tiny and inconsequential minority: People who like to read. But that’s okay. Every once in a while we need to show the world we’re out there. “We read, we screed,” that kind of thing.
See, when I visit your website, what I want to do is read your content. That’s why I’m there. That’s why I’m even seeing your website in all its glory.
So I really don’t care how great your site looks and how many things are moving around and how many links to wonderful things are scattered all about the place. I want to read your content.
Of course, I want that content to be presented in a nice way. And by nice, I mean only two things: Not an eyesore and not unreadable. You accomplish those two things, bully for you. I’m there, and I’m reading.
And of course, I want it to have proper spelling and grammar and for the design to be at a minimum of attractiveness. Which means you can’t fire your Web designer and use 24 point Comic Sans. There’s a baseline, and you need a designer to get you there.
But they’re tricky criteria, aren’t they? Who decides what’s an eyesore? Who decides what’s unreadable?
The answer is simple: I do.
The next person who clicks a link that deposits them on your site makes their own judgment call. Which is probably different from mine. Which is okay. That’s life.
I would so love it if every Web designer out there could throw off their shackles and start focusing on readability. That is, if you want your site to be read. If you’re doing funky art and you want to transmit a feeling or some other touchy-feely thing, that’s great. Rock on. But if you want people—the ones behind the browsers—to read your work, it’s seriously time to get back to readability as a measuring gauge.
Posted Thursday, 14 October, 2010 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.