Thursday, December 21, 2006

Six things that suck about the Web in 2006

Web problem trends in 2006 ...

"With 2006 coming to an end I wanted to post a little rant about some of the trends that I find really annoying about the Web this year. All in my personal opinion, of course, and with a healthy dose of exaggeration (meaning that you shouldn’t take every word literally - really, don’t). You have been warned.

1. Overuse of JavaScript frameworks/libraries. Back to the 90’s, baby, except they were called DHTML libraries that time around. What is it with people learning a JavaScript library instead of learning to write JavaScript? It’s like learning Frontpage instead of HTML. Yes, script libraries can be great. But not when people use them because they can instead of because they should.

2. Ajax. People seem to use Ajax for everything, accessibility and best practices be damned. Don’t get me wrong, Ajax can definitely be used well, but just like with Flash it is more common to see it used in the wrong place at the wrong time by people who don’t know what they’re doing or why.

3. High contrast, light-on-dark designs. Argh, my eyes! I explained my feelings about this in Light text on dark background vs. readability."    (Continued via 456 Berea Street)    [Usability Resources]


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