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One mans pleasure is another mans poison

Taking a few minutes break between tasks "j" and "k" for today, I visited a web page designed by its author to be the "worst in the world". In my opinion, the author had failed in his attempt; I have seen worse. And I wouldn't agree with some aspects of his reasoning either.

Our website uses a white base. It's there, specified "white" in the style sheets and / or HTML tags. The "worst in the world" page used a white base too. It was stated as being so boring that web authors should always be able to do better ... and we were treated to pages that had a black base and (of all things) a base of AOL logos if we explored his other pages.


Perhaps these patterned bases are good for some pages that they were used on but I do have to say ... I prefer a base to BE a base - not a distracting layer on which I can lay all the exciting things on offer on my site. Perhaps the use of a strong colour or texture indicates that the author feels that his content is shallow?


The "worst in the world" page included a rambling sentence about Mary' dog. And a picture of Mary's dog, who was a sweet looking hound ... the owner of the page commented that this content shouldn't have been there as obviously no-one was interested in the animal. Wrong, dear critic - it's my view that Mary was interested enough in the beast to go to the trouble of publishing a piece about him.
(written 2005-07-26, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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