Because I’m in the process of redesigning my web site, I’ve been re-reading a lot of old design articles (mainly a load of CSS articles; the lessons of which, I was quite glad to discover, I mostly knew by heart).

Some interesting new stuff (for me at least!) though: Help the Googlebot understand your site, Nine things you can do to make your web site better and the IBM Web Design Guidelines

Whilst looking around, I also came across this quote:

  • Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing.
  • The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding.

Which was apparently published in AppleDirect in August 1989 – I wonder if this is still true? One of the developers at work uses Emacs for everything (motto: if it hasn’t got a fifteen-key macro command it’s not worth doing) in Windows on the premise that it’s much faster than using a standard programmer’s text editor.

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