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In: Uncategorized29 Nov 2000
Editor & Publisher doesn’t support url navigation
I often remove the final part of a url in order to (hopefully) move to the sub-section home within a site I’m browsing. At E&P, moving from an article from Steve Outing’s Stop the Presses column to the directory it belongs to shows the other files there. If you don’t want to expose the guts of your site, just disable directory browsing (a common HTTP server setting.) Better yet, default the directory to a page that lists all the content in that section, or maybe to the latest article if the directory contains temporal entries.
Jakob Nielsen wrote an article on url navigation, back when he didn’t think game publishers need to follow his web design principles to create their games. I’m not making this up, just check out the current useit news. Of course gaming needs strong usability, but it follows its own principles. If every game looked the same, who would play them? And mastering a complex set of features is often part of the goals (it’s called proficiency, a very different thing than unnecessary complexity.) Nielsen should take it easy: just because some guys at EA bought his book doesn’t mean they want to use it for their games (they do have, you know, web sites), let alone that their competitors now change their strategy! Talk about wishful thinking.
But wait, I have just found some notes and a screenshot that mister Nielsen sent Epic, after they asked him how to improve on their pathetic track record.
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