Lorelle VanFossen recently penned an informative article cataloging some of the things she wants “gone from the web in 2007.” I agree with most of her points, like
- killing pop-up windows
- out-of-control advertising
- music on websites
- not “splogging”
Some of the points, like “validate with other browsers,” while important, are kind of obvious.
I’ve also been implementing some of her tips. I’ve removed the CAPTCHA I had on my comments, and I’m relying solely on Akismet’s comment protection service. I’ve been meaning to (for a few months now) meaning to build a print style sheet, but I haven’t had the time lately.
However, I don’t agree with one of Lorelle’s points. “Forced With Web Page Layouts.” Lorelle complains of layouts with a fixed width. Meanwhile, I can’t stand layouts that don’t have a fixed width. They just don’t work very well in most cases. There are some times when they work well, but not many. Just pick a reasonable width for your design to minimize the amount of users who will have to scroll sideways, and make sure the site is still usable for those who do. 1024 pixels seems to be the “standard” screen width now. There are still a few people who are running around with 800×600 resolutions, but not many. Support them if you want, but if you don’t make sure that whatever gets cut-off isn’t too important. If your main content can be read without scrolling, you’re fine.
Well, that’s my response (which would have made for a really long comment). Be sure to check-out the original post at “Lorelle on WordPress”.