Blog shakedown cruising

Harvard blogs were “having a massage”, the message said yesterday. Today I’m looking at a new WordPress dashboard/UI, and puzzling my way around it. Categories and Tags are now separate things. Tagging is comma separated, rather than space separated, as it has long been with Flickr, where one puts names such as in quotes if one wishes to tag them. I’d rather add the rel=”tag” element to the link. Never have been a fan of listing tags at the bottoms of posts.

Uploading and posting pictures (or, as WP has it, “Add media”) doesn’t work yet. I have at least two I want to share, but no rush.

Anyway, figuring it out.

Meanwhile, over in I’ve posted It sucks because it’s good: a defense of Jakob Nielsen‘s stalwart and sensible usability principles against the scorn of those whose sense of design owes more to ancient print sensibilities than to Web nativity.


  1. Harl Delos’s avatar

    I’m ambivalent about Jakob.

    This website is highly usable. Jakob’s is not. You seem to understand that “to emphasize everything is to emphasize nothing.” You also make good use of color and typography to keep your site simple. Jakob’s does not.

    Jakob’s biggest detractors, though, tend to have highly unusable websites. They take forever to load, they have compatibility problems, and they don’t say anything.

    Quick! Does anyone remember what the T in HTML stands for?

  2. Don Marti’s avatar

    The body copy on is too wide–it’s like awful default single-spaced word processor layout. Yeech.

    The biggest problem with just plain readability on the web is that older versions of MSIE don’t support CSS max-width, so it’s a challenge to make lines with a comfortable, readable width for all users. Make a “springy” layout but set max-width in ems (30-45em is good for a blog), and it works for users with a wide variety of browser window sizes and text sizes.

    (Quick web design test: resize the browser window to 800 wide and the text to 16pt. If you can still use all the site’s functionality, you win.)

  3. Facebook Layouts’s avatar

    The idea behind Web 2.0 is websites that use a technology called AJAX, and also have a clean/sharp look.AJAX was a term coined for a combination of 3 technologies – JavaScript, server calls, and XML. Combining these 3 technologies allows pages to have quicker responses, because the entire web page is not reloaded every time.

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