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timestamp: 2008-06-30 23:58:00
title: in which more is done with less
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<p>I've been <a href=''>inspired</a>
to take a more minimalist approach with the design of this site.</p>
<p>Most obvious is the reduction of <a
debris</a>, though I think the new typographical choices also
improve readability. There were things in the old design that I
added because \"all blogs need them\" that in retrospect feel
superfluous. As a bonus, the site is far easier to read in
non-graphical user agents.</p>
<p>I was suprised how well I like the all-in-one <a
href='/list'>archive page</a> that Pilgrim suggests, though I will
probably like it more once it gets broken up by month. It also needs
to be more discoverable. I still haven't figured out if I'm going to
add back in a search box or blogroll somehow, but I'll definitely
be putting the comment form back up soon.</p>
<p>One thing I wanted to add that didn't make it into the design is
a photo of myself. It seems vain, but after attending a few
conferences and noticing how easy it was to recognize other people
who do the same and <a
unrecognized myself</a>, it made me realize that facial-recognition
is pretty valuable. Still, I hate to sully the purity of this
textual layout.</p>
<p>On a related note, I added in those nifty <code>&lt;link
rel=\"next/prev\" [...]&gt;</code> tags into the header of each
page. Unfortunately if you're using Firefox you'll need <a
extension</a> to make use of them, but <a
href=''>Conkeror</a>'s got support built in bound
to a double-press of the square bracket keys. It's remarkable what a
difference little bits of extra metadata can make once you've got
them integrated into your browsing habits.</p>
<p><b>Update</b>: tried browsing the site in Firefox for a while
without the prev/next links in chrome... it's a pain. So I added in
hyperlinks for now. But it wouldn't hurt to <a
browser creators</a> to expose this juicy bit of metadata instead of
just throwing it away.</p>