Chapter 2. Designing for the Web

In the early days of the Web, the creators of websites were primarily techies. They tended to have quantitative rather than verbal skills; they had studied languages such as C++ rather than English; they were the kids in college who hung out in the computer labs rather than at the student newspaper. In short, they didn’t have a lot of experience with publications.

Many early Web-heads were at pains to emphasize the differences between the Web and printed media, and were thus hostile to any rules or standards that appeared to be print-based. And when they did import skilled people from print media, it tended to be graphic artists. As anyone who’s worked in the print world can tell you, graphic artists are very ...

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