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The web in 2009: Your thoughts

Published: 10th Jan 2009, 11:51:24 | Permalink | Printable

The web in 2009 is ever-so shiny and a long way from the grey HTML2 days of the late-1990s. Is it over-the-top bling or can it provide useful interaction between websites and readers?

The web in 2009: Your thoughts
Too shiny, bring back HTML2 Too shiny, bring back HTML2Too shiny, bring back HTML2 28%
Too shiny and flashy, but I don't mind it Too shiny and flashy, but I don't mind itToo shiny and flashy, but I don't mind it 19%
I love it, bring on the bling I love it, bring on the blingI love it, bring on the bling 21%
I use lynx, natch I use lynx, natchI use lynx, natch 7%
What the hell are you talking about? What the hell are you talking about?What the hell are you talking about? 26%
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This is a good illustration of why the RISC OS community is shrinking so fast. Web 2.0 stuff is *so* much more fun and useful than crusty old HTML2. But because it doesn't run on ArcWeb on an A7000 it's somehow 'too flashy'. A perfect example of the 'worse is better' philosophy in action...

 is a RISC OS Userlym on 12/1/09 5:26PM
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Have you seen The Register after its multiple redesigns? Or the mess that is the new shiny Streetmap?

Are you seriously suggesting they are improvements?

If you want information, pages are much better in "crusty old HTML2"!

 is a RISC OS Userhelpful on 12/1/09 5:48PM
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Have you ever used Google Maps? Or Facebook? Or YouTube? Or iPlayer?

If you just want information, you're missing out on what makes the Internet so fantastic. I love information sites like Wikipedia and online news (and Drobe!), but it's only half the story.

 is a RISC OS Userlym on 13/1/09 1:07PM
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It's great for doing stuff that couldn't be done without it, but that's all. Too much shiny rubbish where none is needed (especially where it doesn't work without it) is just a PITA.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/1/09 2:26PM
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IMHO the web is (or should be) a source of information. But there is a problem: it becomes more and more difficult to find some information. Search engines haven't really improved: I want to find the information that I am searching for. I don't care what the majority of people are looking for. And if something can't be found, I want to be told so instead of getting lots of false search results.

Every innovation is certainly not an improvement: e.g. flash websites. Information that is in such websites cannot be found with search robots such as Altavista.

 is a RISC OS Userscl4c0rn on 19/1/09 3:13PM
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I'm all in favour of innovation and expanding the usefulness of the web. The RISC OS platform falls down because it can't handle much in the way of video, audio, iPlayer, flash etc. But that doesn't mean that web sites have to be made incompatible just for the sake of using the latest trickery when it isn't needed. Streetmap is a case in point. What I want is the map, not the bling. Most of the new site actually works with NetSurf but you can't enter a postcode!

 is a RISC OS Userricp on 24/1/09 11:58AM
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