How Markup shouldn't interfere with your thoughts

When you write something for print, all the qualification that you do to it is within the text, you can add emphasis and punctuation to stress and tone your message, but essentially, everything is in the words. In Hypertext, it’s not so, there’s some stuff called Markup that you have to worry about. And it’s all so damn unintuitive and intrusive. If I have to write something that really cuts to the heart, something simple yet beautiful – something like poetry in prose, that develops an image in words, I simply can’t break it with markup. HTML Links interfere with a reader’s thoughts, they’re kinks in a long melodious chain of word upon word, rotten kinks that don’t fit in anywhere, and so I have to invent, contort, displace prose so that somehow it isn’t so terribly rotten on the eye and it all somehow fits in. But I never seem to be able to do that well, it’s said of this that it’s a hard thing to learn, and I’ll try and try again because as always if you catch the reader unaware, it’s said to be more effective.

WordPress spice

WordPress has updated its filenames to start with wp- a more stable (and I hope final) change. I’ll port my in-house hacks to a more stable version while I’m at it, and then look to writing some plugins. I hooked up a CVS client to look into its progress last week and I was pleasantly surprised: Readable URLs are a big plus, and various smaller tweaks which would make WordPress much nicer to use. I hope the new version comes out soon.

Task-based UI

Loved this article. I’ve been researching User-interfaces a little recently (this book helped me along), and it is certainly a wonderful subject to explore. In recent years, I’ve tilted more and more to web designing as my forte, and one of the major aspects of a web site, often overlooked is site navigation. A tasked-based approach seems to be the best way to go about it.

I’m going to do an overhaul to this site based on some ideas. It’s going to make navigation super-easy, links intuitive, markup self-explaining and style valid and compliant. And of course, accessible.

Big plans, big mouth, little (enough) time.