FW: RE: Neilsen makes sense but not amends

Subject: FW: RE: Neilsen makes sense but not amends
From: "Goldstein, Dan" <DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 09:26:48 -0400

It *is* foolish for people to follow Nielsen blindly, but his "usability
guru" badge is probably a marketing technique. Caveat emptor. Someone
pointed out on this list that Mr. "usability guru" Nielsen has a fairly
_un_usable Web site. Nielsen happens to be right when it comes to PDFs and
Web browsers, but he doesn't know how to use the Web himself! Some guru.

No matter. A careful reader of the TECHWR-L list will conclude that the tech
writing community has chosen to follow a wiser path, namely, that of the
Maharishi Posada.

Dan Goldstein

> Chris Gooch wrote:
> Much of what [Nielsen] condemns is a result of bad authoring, and
> much of his "solution" discussions are, at least for
> me, "Duh" statements.
> The trouble with Nielsen isn't so much what he says,
> but the slavish way some people will follow his advice as
> though they are rules from on high, without thinking
> whether they apply in particular cases, what the least
> of two evils may be in a particular situation, and so
> on, and design things accordingly.


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