[ZWeb] karl on greenspun on nielsen
06 Nov 2000 15:55:29 -0800
Greenspun reviews _Designing Web Usability_. I haven't read _DWU_ or
even bothered with all of Greenspun's review, but it's worth noting
that one of his first comments is something that zope.org fails at
horribly, & is one of my pet peeves - most pages are unreadable unless
you widen your browser to include most of the screen, and there's a
big empty margin, too.
Computer enthusiasts in the late 1970s had personal computers
with bitmap video and two 20" monitors. Billions of dollars of
investment in the computer hardware industry has enabled computer
enthusiasts 20 years later to enjoy a faster CPU and ... two 21"
monitors. This lack of progress has resulted in universal
kvetching and bizarre fantasies of walls covered in 200 dpi LCD
displays or 3x2 arrays of monitors dominating a desktop.
Nielsen holds screen space sacred. The cruelest thing that one
can do to a user is to waste his or her screen space. Nielsen
picks apart popular sites to show how small a percentage of the
screen is ultimately used for content. The rest is wasted on
browser and operating system controls, site navigation,
advertising, or whitespace that results from fixed-width HTML
designs that don't expand when the user expands the browser
window on a large-screen monitor.
Karl Anderson email@example.com