RE: When Designers Program Web Pages. . .

Subject: RE: When Designers Program Web Pages. . .
From: Ed Gregory <edgregory -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 06:32:51 -0600

Okay, not necessarily designers. But "artistes" whose driving urge to make
visual statements overrides everything else about the product.

In my town recently, an artists' organization had a contest that let people
vote online for local art in various categories. A friend whose daughter had
several entries sent me the URL.

The site was visually outrageous and utterly unnavigable. The navigation
itself was "mystery meat" and the logic of the site's hierarchy was
anybody's guess. It crashed browsers on occasion and had no security of any
sort to keep you from voting a thousands times for the same work of art.

They took the site down after a few days and long before the voting was
supposed to end, saying: "The traffic was much heavier than we expected."

Perhaps, but I suspect that they were dissembling.


As to that other arts site in that other discussion: a programmer would have
known how to execute the few tricks employed a little more cleanly. For
example, the DOT popup window would have been chromless, the actual size of
the text block, and placed with more precision on the page.

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