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Sunday December 16, 2007
02:22 AM

Why oh Why?

[ #35111 ]

I don't know why anyone ought to listen to Dave Winer (to pick one example from pseudo-random). The man can't give a hyperlink a meaningful title; this gives me little confidence that he actually thinks anything interesting about the Internet.

Seriously. The reason hypertext works is because you can associate meaningful words and phrases with other information. Consider how Ward's wiki still works; it forces you to make link titles describe the destination.

If, when writing a sentence like "I was talking to some person about some interesting subject", you think the proper place for your link is the word "talking", then get off the Internet, have a good think, and don't come back until you get it. Really. It's not irony; it's incompetence.

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  • Seems fair to link "talking" to a chat log, and "interesting subject" to a Wikipedia page, for example. Please provide more context: where was the link pointing to?
    • You will never see me do this [reference.com] again, but here is the whole problem. "Talking" does not describe a chat log.

      Alternately, scan the front page of LWN.net: announces, covers, reports, takes a look. Those are all meaningless link titles. They're verbs.

  • You missed the 'h' in Dave's last name.

    • I couldn't remember the codepoint for the silent-h-combined-with-i character, so I transliterated to Latin-1. Sorry for the confusion!

    • Hey, come on, give Dave a break. He did, after all, invent RSS. And web logs. And interapplication communication. And Al Gore.