Text-only websites ?
by "Michael I. Bitton" <mbitton(at)mibdevelopment.com>
||Fri, 06 Jul 2001 17:23:41 -0500
This thread is great in that it underscores the fact that different people
like different things. Same applies to entire "target audiences".
With that said, I do find it hard to believe that certain people/audiences
prefer text-only Web sites. Are these strictly informational database
sites? I'd like to learn more about those sites and who uses them so I can
be sure not to design sites inappropriately.
In general I agree that many sites contain far too much pizzazz and twirly
flashie thingies. To me they represent sites designed by people with
little or no graphic design ability. (exception: sites targeting kids).
A Web site for a retail business, for instance, must do its job much in the
same way the retailer uses print and television for advertising. Obviously
the Web offers far more than those media, both in graphic possibilities and
in depth of content. Nevertheless the foundation is the same: Attract the
reader, then provide useful content to keep him/her there and return again.
Imagine receiving an advertising circular in your Sunday newspaper that
contained only text, no images, photographs, color, use of fonts, attention
to layout, design, flow, etceteras. I doubt it would be read by the masses.
Just my two cents :)
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