Developers, Not Users, Appear Disabled

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2006-12-08 Print this article Print

Sure enough, I no sooner comment on the longevity of my four-year-old columns than a United Nations study re-affirms something I said four years ago -- and that I reiterated just this past October.

When you look at the value that's in real Web content, and at the ease of packaging that content in presentation-neutral formats that let the client device decide how to consume and present it, it's kind of sickening to watch huge amounts of effort go into building really ugly and unintuitive sites that even a sighted user finds hard to navigate -- and that a visually impaired user may find utterly useless.

By now, we should have gotten over the novelty of being able to say things on a Web page, and should be looking at the companies that have parlayed their success in organizing information -- initially with the power and economy of the Web -- into initiatives on other media as well. They represent the future, while over-designed and under-usable Web sites represent a brief blip in what will soon be the past. |

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