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Old 06-16-2011, 04:41 AM   #1
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I am updating a web site (one which I originally designed) for a very opinionated client. He is insisting that I put my nicely-chunked linked sets of pages into single long pages with "back to top" links throughout.

I told him that (a) no-one will read to the bottom of a 20-30 screen page, (b) no respectable commercial site uses back to top links this century, and (c) by having in-page links to jump about, users have to click just as much.

But he is implacable, and has not provided a cogent reason for this brain-fart. Grrrrrrrrrr

And then, I have been adding carefully edited news snippets linked to full articles over the last 2 years and making an RSS feed. He has instructed me to ditch the archive and current page (which is stuffed with good search terms and linked to pages), throw away the RSS, and put a handful of very long articles he has lifted wholesale from other sources. Double Grrrrrr.

I may have to take my "designed by" link off in case anyone follows it!

(Gets off soap box, and says "thanks for listening".)
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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(Gets off soap box, and says "thanks for listening".)
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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I wonder ... is he the sort who visits web pages, prints them out, then reads the paper copy? If so, I can understand why he might prefer this style of site.

He's still wrong, of course, but at least the behavior might make a certain amount of sense.

If so, I wonder if he'd be happy if you had a proper web site with links to printable versions of articles (in PDF or "long-page" html form).

   
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He sounds like a right royal pain...my sympathies...'-}}

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That link to printable version is something I appreciate and it's becoming more common at least places like bank web sites.

   
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Same here Hugh. If I have to absorb a lot of detailed information, I'd much rather have it in PDF form or even a long web page instead of having to read little squirts of it page by page.

But if Lois has to put lots of little squirts of content onto one big web page, that's a different matter entirely.

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Tell him that you will gladly insert the 'lifted' material, as soon as he shows you permission to republish. You can point out that you can be sued for copyright infringement just as he can without same.
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Tell him that you will gladly insert the 'lifted' material, as soon as he shows you permission to republish. You can point out that you can be sued for copyright infringement just as he can without same.
One of many myths/misconceptions regarding anything found on the web. I've come across this more than once to pictures, logotypes and articles.

They usually look at you with the expression of a cow looking at a new gate when you tell them.

   
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Yes, I was thinking of doing print-only pages or PDFs for the technical stuff - but for the commercial stuff I can't imagine anyone wanting to print the lot out - not if they had any sense! Moast of the pages repeat the same blurb.
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Yes - that's a good point but not one he wants to hear. Sigh.
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