Re: Buttons & CSS
- From: nospam <nospamatall@xxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 13:50:58 +0100
Tim Streater wrote:
In article <1157641902.783414.44940@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Not in the least. If you care enough to do multi-browser testing, you
should also consider that some people really _are_ paranoid enough to
you avoid lots of annoying pop-up ads.
Also you can choose to only allow scripts/flash etc to certain of the domains trying to serve them to you from that page. Often there are four or five, only one of which has what you want, usually the same server as gave you the page itself. This with one click on a popup from the bottom bar of the browser.
It seems I am mistaken in my belief that we should be able to choose what to download and what not to download. If I am looking for a car I might choose to allow plug-in use by a site that sells cars (hotcars.com) in that pop-up menu, and not to allow googlesyndication.com, which I know will serve up some links based on the text in the page I am viewing. The important thing is that /I/ am deciding what to download out of my restricted monthly quota, based on /my own/ proirities, not those of the sites' designers.
Many sites try to thwart people's efforts to control their own browsers. They use scripts to disable features in the browser, to alter the size of a window, and various other things. Rarely, when I have seen this done, is it actually done thoughtfully, usually it is laziness or lack of imagination on the part of the designer, who is still stuck in the printed page, fixed size mentality.
It's good to be able to decide for yourself. Good website designers will take into account all potential users, including those with disabilities, with old computers that can't run the latest software, with little technical ability or knowledge, with devices with small screens, and many other permutations. A good designer will not prejudge visitors based on the size of their screen, or their collection of plug-ins. A good designer will understand that their site exists as a small, insignificant part of a vast internet, and that their own particular foibles do not count for anything.
The end user is the purpose, the reason for the existence of the internet, it is not there for your pages. Some seem to think that being a web designer makes them special. It's only a website, important only to you. No-one else will really miss it if you go, there are always others. You're just a salesman. Remember that and respect all prospective customers, regardless of whether you think they are fatheads. There are very few racist white shop owners who do not allow blacks to buy stuff off them. And the ones who do are stupid.
And there are some whose chosen way to make a living is to ruin everyone else's www with intrusive adverts. I don't want to see them. Blocking popups is not the only way these are prevented, it is necessary to block all plug-ins until you know what kind of site it is.
Having said all that, and having got used to blocking stuff, I now tend not to bother with a site when I find I need to turn on scripting just to follow links on the site or something like that. It's just a stupid way to write a website. So unless the content is really compelling, I move on. It's nothing personal, just practical.
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