Re: Can a Technical Writer be a Web Designer

Subject: Re: Can a Technical Writer be a Web Designer
From: Damien Braniff <dbraniff -at- iss-dsp -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 14:43:14 +0000

> I completely agree with Eric Dunn's point that a lot of the Web is image over
> content and it is a joy to find a well laid out site that is not overburdened by
> flashy images, animation etc. However we have to ask the question 'What is the
> Web being used for'? Lots of people use it to find information and are looking
> for specific things and here a clean site is wonderful. Others may generally
> surfing (one of the great benefits is the way you can jump around) and these may
> well find all singing all dancing site not in the least irritating, even quite
> amusing fun. As to which of these groups makes up the majority I don't know. On
> a personal level you might well feel differently browsing a site for business
> (after all time is money!) than when looking at the same site in your own time.
> In all probability the type of sites visited will be completely different.

If you look at television, for every documentary/good drama there are countless
chat/game shows etc - not dissimilar to the Web really! The question is then is this
what people really wnat or is this what they've become used to?

Damien

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Damien Braniff
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