June 7, 2010

Context and the flow of information on web pages

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:43 pm by Chris

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.

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