Joshua Kaufman & Anitra Pavka: Keeping me (More) Honest

In the past, I've improved Zen Haiku based Joshua Kaufman's postings on his web log or comments on mine. I may even be dragged kicking and screaming into using <cite> for citations and the <abbr> tag for abbreviations like CSS. I'm not clear why I'm a big fan of structural markup when it comes to headlines but not abbreviations.

So just now it occurred to me on reading Joshua Kaufman's mention [03/25/2004 - link removed] of a CHI-WEB posting by Cindy Lu about required form fields that I did not indicate which fields commenters must fill out. I like the Movable Type default of requiring Name and Comment and either Email or URL.

So now I am indicating which fields are required for a comment to be allowed. I like the word "required" more than the "*" marking.

I wonder how many usability web loggers have bothered to run usability tests on their own web logs. I know I haven't. Now that I have a search on the site it could be fun.

Switching gears slightly from usability to accessibility (that word is hard to spell right), Anitra Pavka is the accessibility site I visit the most. She linked to the Wave 3.0 alpha accessibility tool just as I started making Zen Haiku more accessible.

Posted by Chad Lundgren on Monday, January 13, 2003 (Link)


Posted by Blaine Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:13 PM

I believe in regards to why you use some proper CSS and some out dated stuff is probably what you are used to. I know with me I'm always using the [b] tag instead of using "proper" CSS.

Posted by Joshua Kaufman Monday, January 13, 2003 at 02:06 PM

Thanks, Chad. If your looking into using the cite tag, you may want to read Mark Pilgrim's entry in which he explains how the cite tag will soon become semantically obsolete.

By the way, don't forget to check your Preview and Error template forms. I had some difficulty leaving this comment without my email.

Posted by Rotwang Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 10:12 AM

Why *require* names and e-mail addresses on an unauthenticated web site? That's a bit silly.

Posted by Chad Lundgren Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 11:53 AM

It tends to improve comment quality since people have to make the effort to fill out the email address, real or not. Besides, people's fake email addresses are kind of a verbal Rorschach test.

Posted by Rorschach Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 05:25 PM

Fake e-mail addresses say nothing about anyone.

By the way, when I click "preview" the resulting page gives me an empty comment form. I then have to hit my "back" button and click "post" or my message is lost.

Posted by karen Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 09:29 PM

Actually, you should use the tag for acronyms like CSS. The tag is is for abbreviations, such as Blvd for Boulevard.