Jens Oliver Meiert

2007 (2)

The Problem with Link Blogs (Plus Five Link Blogs That Rock)

Link blogs suck because they don’t provide any content. Link blogs suck because they just jump on the back of people who actually create content, with few exceptions. Link blogs nonetheless play an important role in the hypertext ecosystem…

Post from April 6, 2007, filed under .

25 Excellent Usability/UX Articles and Resources

Today I thought I’d share some of the most valuable usability and user experience articles and resources I know, in a somewhat wild mix. Since there’s presumably enough to read and talk about later, please just welcome some great articles and research papers…

Post from March 30, 2007, filed under and .

Photos Make Websites More Credible

An important finding of Stanford University’s work concerning web credibility is that “photos [can] make websites more credible.” A prior study of B.J. Fogg et al. again revealed that “a photograph of an author had significant effects on how people perceived the credibility […]”…

Post from March 28, 2007, filed under and .

CSS Practice: Pseudo-Namespaces in Complex Projects

Working in complex projects or in projects that don’t provide a good overview of forthcoming page types and elements may require a defensive strategy for writing CSS. Such a defensive strategy strives for certain safety measures to ensure better maintainability…

Post from March 21, 2007, filed under .

Why I Love DreamHost

No kidding. Almost unconditional love.

Post from March 13, 2007, filed under .

“Valid CSS” and Similar Claims Are Unprofessional

You know them. “Valid CSS” here, “Valid HTML” there, coronated with some nifty “WAI AA” button. When these website claims hold true, that’s just a great thing. Unfortunately, those compliance (even if validity doesn’t equal compliance) and quality claims have no place…

Post from March 9, 2007, filed under .

Hire Only Web Designers with a Website

…is a good rule of thumb when you need a web designer or developer. Though it’s not necessarily the most important criterion, the benefits must be obvious. Web designers who also own websites are more likely to be close to the medium…

Post from March 6, 2007, filed under and .

HTML: Semantics of “title” Element Content

I already proposed that in October 2005, and I see the need for bringing it up again: It would be useful to allow other elements within the title of an HTML document. Why? You otherwise cannot denote abbreviations and stuff, the meaning gets lost…

Post from February 26, 2007, filed under .

Comment Game: 100 Dollars for Comment #100

I want to play a game.

Post from February 23, 2007, filed under .

Print Style Sheets: The Basics (for No Excuses)

There are no excuses for not having at least a simple print style sheet. Period. And if you’re already on the web standards track, things are dead simple.

Post from February 21, 2007, filed under .

Weird Weekend Without Happy End: Eggebek, Flensburg, Denmark, and Bremen

To be a bit more transparent to my valued readers: Here’s a brief account of a not quite optimal weekend of mine. Having taken a day off on Friday, I spontaneously decided to take my car…

Post from February 18, 2007, filed under .

Word Division: On “word-break”, Soft Hyphens, and Zero Width Spaces

Word breaks and hyphenation are sometimes a problem when it comes to little available space but long words: The longer the word and the less space available, the more a layout is “in danger.” English appears to be less affected than other languages…

Post from February 8, 2007, filed under .

Why “Conditional Comments” Are Bad, Repeat: Bad

“Conditional Comments” (CC) are an inadvisable thing to use. In fact, they contradict the goal to separate structure from presentation, and they will outrun you one day. But first things first. For those (happy) developers who don’t know what…

Post from February 1, 2007, filed under .

QA: On Errors, and Why Paying for Errors Pays Off

A pseudo-scientific approach that is intended to improve websites and services, and which is applicable almost anywhere.

Post from January 20, 2007, filed under and .

1 + 1 = 3: Explaining Busyness and Background Noise on Websites

“1 + 1 = 3 (or more)” is an important design effect described by Josef Albers and Edward Tufte. It means that two elements in close proximity cause a visible interaction…

Post from January 18, 2007, filed under .

Web Design: 15 Important Research Findings You Should Know

A small selection of web design, usability, and accessibility related results of research, most of them derived from Human Factors International. Some of them are relatively known, while others may enrich our professional self-understanding…

Post from January 13, 2007, filed under and .

Internet Explorer Filter or Hack Using Character Escapes

Searching for a valid and “safe” way to circumnavigate some nasty problems in Internet Explorer I discovered this filter that does not work in any version of IE (including IE 7)…

Post from January 9, 2007, filed under .

Evangelists, Focus on Standard Ad Code

On the quality of online ad code. And what has to be done.

Post from January 7, 2007, filed under .

“nofollow” Still Considered Harmful

Needs to be said again, as it will take some time until I write about this very site’s design considerations (which included a blink of an eye thinking about using it): nofollow is crap.

Post from January 6, 2007, filed under .

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