Simon Willison’s Weblog


Sunday, 23rd February 2003

Mail models

Matthew Thomas offers a fascinating example of usability gone horribly wrong (the explanation is provided here). Incidentally, while showing the above to my girlfriend she uncovered an interesting usability issue on Matthew’s site itself— “is this a collaborative weblog then?” she asked, having spotted the Posted by mpt on 2/24/03; 3:51:24 AM text below the entry. Clicking on the name link provided no extra information, bringing up a screen with no useful content at all. I imagine this is an issue with the CMS powering the blog, but it does neatly demonstrate how some CMS features can detract from the unserstandibility of a site.

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Safe HTML checker

I’ve finally enabled a subset of HTML in my comments. In doing so, I had several requirements that needed to be fulfilled:

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Slow professional suicide

Al Sparber makes perfect sense in article from June last year:

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