On 12 Feb 00 at 6:00, Randal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We are NOT all average users. Designers have to be constantly aware
> that the way they do things may NOT be the way everyone does them,
> or even the way a significant portion of their target audience does
Make that "may" in the second line "are".
Think of web page design as if you were designing a book, each copy
of which was printed to the customer's specifications in terms of
typeface, font size, leading, page size, margins, and ink and paper
color. To say nothing of the resolution of the image setter used to
set the type! (Have I left anything out?)
And remember that some customers will order large-type editions on
elephant folio paper, the paper a pale grey, the type blood red.
Others will order near micro-type editions with pages 2x3 inches.
Some customers are color-blind and will alter your carefully chosen
color schemes so they can make out the text (presuming they don't
just throw up their hands in despair and order some other book that
requires less fussing to make legible.)
And some will order audio versions in wherein typographic issues all
Many customers will opt for the figures to be suppressed!
Under such circumstances, all your carefully wrought design elements
are reduced in significance to "suggestions to the customer". If you
go to great lengths to frustrate the customer by using, say, Java or
be unpleasantly surprised to discover that you have driven away
Kewl (and beautiful) doesn't count on the web. Death to kewl (and
beautiful). Up with functional!
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada