What's wrong with this page?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
What's wrong with this page
It seems perfectly fine, until you try to put the information into some sort of context. For example, what year was this published?
From looking at the page, you'd have no idea. And this is not an isolated incident: it's surprisingly common.
In this case, it can be argued that the URL gives the information required (2003); however, the address bar is not
what we users go to a web site for. We are only interested in the content of the results to our requests and care not for the implementation details of the web application at hand.
All you have to do is read the article - once you see that Rami Zur's kayak was competing in the same year as Beezie Madden was in the equestrian, it becomes obvious that this was 2003. And of course everyone remembers that Preston Quick and Tim Wyantt only competed in squash on Fridays in 2003.
I do agree - it drives me nuts when news articles and blogs don't include the year in their posts.