I was alerted to this list from The Loop and thank God I clicked the link because the list makes me infinitely happy. I was involuntarily nodding my head as a I read through each one. A couple comments on specific points that I have attempted to exemplify in my own website design:
Drop-Down Menus: In short, every time I hit a hover-over drop-down menu on a website, I cringe because I know that it will not work well on mobile devices. The interesting thing about this style of design is how it actually leads right into two other list items.
Flash: Really?! Is this even a question anymore? The only things for which flash was ever useful were drop-down menus and media/animations, both of which should be taken care of easily by not using them (see above) and using other, better technologies, respectively.
Mobile-specific Sites: With the advent of responsive design, mobile sites, or “‘m.’ sites” as the list calls them, should be a thing of the past. However, if the desktop version of a site relies heavily on drop-down menus or flash (see above), the web designers are backed into a corner and forced to create what amounts to dumbed-down versions that are user hostile, especially in the event that the user wants to get to the real site from a mobile device. If you must have a mobile site, have the decency to let me get to the Desktop version from my smartphone or tablet!
Here endeth the lesson. Enjoy!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.