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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Web Design 101 (an ongoing feature)

Today's lesson: Make it easy for people to contact you by including contact information at your Web site -- preferably on each and every page.

If you don't want someone scarfing up your contact e-mail, disguise it as an EMAIL button and/or use the topsekrit code (&-#-6-4) for the "@" sign and/or use a gmail address for your site.

e.g. Site containing (allegedly accurate) information about The best mystery authors. Skimming through the list of names, I found it impossible not to notice
  • Lawrence Block's name misspelt.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle's name misspelt.
  • Erle Stanley Gardner's name misspelt.
  • Dashiell Hammett's name misspelt.
  • and others
I would've pointed out the misspellings to the site owner if I could've found contact information anywhere on the site.

Couldn't find contact information.


Oh, well.

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