A Concept We Can’t Get Behind

January 26th, 2005 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

Now, don’t get us wrong, we like having far too much information. If we’re overwhwelmed by a subject, we’re happy (generally, because this means we’re so busy “researching” that we’re not “working”). But, let’s be honest — it’s hard enough getting people to put alt attributes on images. How can anyone expect articles filled with context-driven messages? And what happens when someone goes overboard and every conjunction has a context menu?

Yes, the web can be used to provide endless avenues of discovery, but, maybe it’s the print reader in us or our natural crankiness, but there’s a point where context overload can interfere with actual reading. Hmm, in rereading that sentence, it’s definitely Miss Cranky coming out to play. She’s overdue for her nap…

P.S. – We reserve the right to change our mind if someone presents a working model that doesn’t irritate us.

File Under: Square Pegs

2 responses so far ↓

  • sadi ranson-polizzotti // Jan 28, 2005 at 6:24 pm

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    Sorry to use comments. Didn’t see anyother way to contact you, though that said, don’t have my glasses on…


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  • BJ // Jan 30, 2005 at 4:01 pm

    I actually love this idea. It would save people like me (who are dashing off to new windows to look something up every few words) a lot of time. The only problem is, if you didn’t park your mouse in the right place, you’d have context-sensitive menus dropping down like artillery fire. EEEK!