Interesting Articles

Saturday January 27th, 2001

Asa Dotzler writes in with pointers to a couple of interesting articles at and He says the Scott Andrews article is definitely worth reading and if you're looking for something of a lower 'slashdot-esque' quality then check out the rant at freshmeat.

#21 Re: Scott Andrews and Internet 2

by strauss

Thursday February 1st, 2001 9:43 AM

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I wonder why you selected the lack of a transitional color while loading as the main reason the web is not suitable for complex apps. There are dozens of usability problems much greater.

One of the most important is that data loss is not guarded against. There is no way to confirm closing a window when data has been entered into a form, so users are constantly one bad keystroke away from losing all the data they have entered (by accidentally closing the window). Mainstream platforms haven't had this problem for ten years.

Further, there is no way to save intermediate forms to a "drafts" folder, which is a nightmare in the crash-prone world of browsers. Imagine a word processor or email client with no Save!

Lee Strauss