13 March 2004
It's all well and good to have a fire in your belly over Web Standards, but sometimes it's the small things that make all the difference. The giant leap to Standards isn't the only thing that can improve the way a site works – something which I think we forget every now and then – so I'm going to share with you the biggest small thing that irks me whenever I browse. Dates.
Once a site has established its credibility, it's half way there – you reckon the information is probably correct. Okay, now is it useful? Joe Clark is quoted here as saying that "... accessibility is almost as poorly-known now as it was 2.5 years ago ...". So, it seems that accessibility is still in pretty bad shape ... but hang on, what does he mean when he says "now"? The article has no date on it. It could be from yesterday or it could be from five years ago. Accessibility could be poor or it might be good, who knows?
Apparently Melbourne is once again the world's most liveable city. Yeah, I'll probably trust Yahoo! News on that one ... but was the award for 2004 or 1958? As soon as you write something it immediately becomes part of history, and if the reader doesn't know whether they're taking advice from the 19th century then it seriously limits the usefulness of your writing. It's easy to do, so put on the date.
If you've got a pedantic gripe about web page design, get it off your chest and you'll feel all the better for it.
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