Thursday, April 20, 2006

CSS Naked Day

There was a call for designers earlier this month (April) to have their websites stripped of their CSS for a day. This was called the CSS Naked Day on April 5, 2006. The idea behind this event is to promote Web Standards. Plain and simple.

Plain, yes. Simple? Definitely NO. There are certain considerations for the owners of the website that is just too much to ignore to participate in this endeavor. While we Web Designers are all for web standards because of its benefits both to us the designer and to the client, there is a difference between promoting standards and stuffing it down the throat of everybody.

First, what will happen to the users when they get to their site and they have to navigate differently from they have been accustomed to? That's is a big usability issue!Now, you are promoting web standards and yet you are deliberately short handed on the usability issues. That's not really ideal, is it?

Second, will the clients receive business benefits from this? Probably not, in fact it will stop online sales dead in its tracks because potential buyers will be annoyed by this kind of presentation specially if they have visited the site before. Imagine amazon.com having problems with their customers because their buying habits are changed. Not good, not good. And that frustration may last longer for a day because of the experience. Not good.

I work for a University, if that falls on the online enrollment period, which it did, imagine having students not enrolling because they may have the impression that the site is not working well.

I could go on and on, but my main point is that web standards are for everybody's benefits, but the technical side is for us developers and the business benefits are for the clients, let us not deprive those benefits to the clients for a day, not even for a second.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Problem Solving by Kids

Last Friday March 31, was my last day as the Senior Web Designer at DLSU Manila. It was also our Summer outing at the Subic Freeport. We went swimming in the morning and went to see Zoobic (Zoo at Subic) where we watched and interacted with a lot of tigers. Interestingly enough, I am moving today to UST, my alma mater, the home of the Growling Tigers.

My post is about my interaction with a kid when I was swimming. Yan-yan, who is the daughter of my officemate, asked me if I knew the names of the mountain surrounding the Subic Freeport. I told her no, obviously because I do not know, but what struck me was her response "Well, would you know someone who knows the name of those mountains?"

I really never taught about it until the weekend that these kids are somehow are role model for us adults in terms of problem solving. One is persistence. As they say nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more ... world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent ...

Another lesson I remembered is that when you think that you have run out of resources, well you haven't! You just have to regroup, think and eventually you will come up with another idea or a resource.