[uf-discuss] hCalendar spec- no specification included!

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Wed Oct 18 16:12:44 PDT 2006

On 10/18/06 4:04 PM, "Mike Schinkel" <mikeschinkel at gmail.com> wrote:

> My point was simply to be careful not to overwhelm the user with text on a
> intro page as it has been proven people scan  web pages instead of reading
> them[1]. Less will be more here. Justin presents this[2] as an example, but
> I find it to be far too much information on an intro page. This is a general
> principle, of course, not true in all cases but likely true for an intro
> page.  Os I would highly suggest that whoever is involved in creating intro
> pages first read this[1]; it was eye opening when I first read it.

This is an excellent point Mike, and one I strongly agree with.  I have
taken it to heart and will seek to simplify/reduce the text on intro type
pages as much as possible without losing meaning/utility.

> Again I agree. I think specs are *the most important thing* to one class of
> people, i.e. those specifying the spec.

That's actually not true.  The spec is the most important thing to people
*implementing* the spec.  Implementers need to be able to read very precise
descriptions of what they are implementing in order to maximize the chances
of them implementing it correctly and interoperably.

> As such it's no surprise that the
> spec gets primary focus, at least initially. But it needs to be balanced
> because there are many classes of people and for each of them there is
> potentially a different "most important thing."  So it needs to all be
> easily accessible and findable understanding how users read web pages[1].

Strongly agreed.

Thanks for this feedback Mike - you make very good points.


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