[LINK] Smart Tags: Dumb Technology?
Sat, 08 Sep 2001 15:33:04 +1000
> Smart Tags: Dumb Technology?
> While some people see great potential in Microsoft's
> external linking of resources, others see it as yet
> another try by the company to dominate the Internet.
Yes. You need a good architect and builder to properly create a house.
But it is easy to get the impression that Microsoft's "houses" are the
work of myopic upholsterers with illusions of grandeur and a fiddly
preference for embellishment over elegance.
For instance all the stupid automatic thingies in Word - and those
infuriatingly hard to use menus which sort themselves by most-used
command, and which only show a subset of commands, unless you leave the
menu open for a few seconds. Most people would find it easier to use
something fixed, simple and predictable.
Anexample of their vision being focused on appearances rather than
substance is the way Windows Explorer has a column for what it thinks
the file is, based on its filename extension. You can't actually sort
the display on file extension, only on these damn descriptions (which
are controlled by some installation-specific guff elsewhere, and which
often is changed by installing application programs). So Microsoft
thinks the alphabetic order of their descriptions (and those inserted by
application programs) is more important than the user sorting files by
their physical attributes.