Aha!

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While reading this section of Krug's book, I felt like all of these ideas were rolling around in my subconsciouse.

I really agree with what he said about the logos in the upper-left corner of the screen.  I always hate it when I go to the one site on the entire internet where the logo is not a link to the homepage.  This is one of the first things I discovered about the internet, so it makes me go insane when people do not follow this convention.

"Tabs are one of the very few cases where using a physical metaphor in a user interface actually works."  I disagree with Krug on the idea that tabs are any more useful than the links at the top of a page, but they just seem to have the "cool" factor.  It is no longer hackneyed and blaze hypertext which is blue and underlined; the page actually comes alive.  The whole page becomes the color, and suddenly you are no longer dealing with an abstract approximation of real life, but a representation of reality in your browser.  Tabs are art.

"Happy talk must die."  I think that is one of the things that I need to work on when I create a home page.  Instead of saying this is my website and this is what it's for, I should show them better.  I could cut down on the amount of content, reducing the need for chunking and bolding keywords, and it would give me practice with using implied meanings which I will use a lot as an author.

One last quote: "One of the choices, Language, is relatively painless."  I have always wondered why someone would create a webpage entirely in English, but have a drop-down menu (labeled in English with "Language") that has every world language listed on it.  I think that it is so redundant.  They should just make the default language english, and then create a link at the bottom of the page that says, "Je ne parle pas anglais."  That would save me a lot of time and mental effort, which is what Krug wants web designers to do.  And who is to gurantee that the user has enough of an understand of English to know what the "Language" box means.  It makes no sense to me at all.

That's my angry rant against web designers for today.  For more angry rants, stop by the EL236 website.

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Alex Hull said:

I love your idea that tabs are art. I think in some sense, the entire website is art. Functioning art, but art. A lot of thought is put into the design and the overall look of a website.

I never thought about the "Language" option in that way. You're right. Who's to say that someone speaking a foreign language would know the English word for "language"? It's a dangerous assumption of the designers.

Nice points.

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