June 7, 2010
Context and the flow of information on web pages
This is very interesting, and I think I agree:
Nicholas Carr: Experiments in delinkification. Short version: hyperlinks are distracting, and interrupt the flow of reading. They’re better banished to the end of the page, like a traditional reference.
Of course this would all be better and easier if html supported dynamic reference lists and kept track of floats, like every self-respecting typesetting language has since about 1983. Knuth is spinning in his grave. And he isn’t even dead.