Please do not “click here”

I want to tell you a story:

Once upon a time, there was a large public organization with a large staff of web content curators. These curators dealt with a lot of content, and would often use ‘click here’ in their hypertext links to help users move between pages.  Like this:

For a copy of the full summer reading list, click here.

To see only the Elementary level list, click here.

To see the Intermediate level list, click here.

To see the High School level list, click here.

Everyone did it, because that’s how everyone else was doing it, and no one had ever said there might be a valid reason for it to be done differently.

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Play It Forward

Lately I’ve been working with the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journals System software.  It’s a versatile and powerful tool, but I don’t think anyone would use “intuitive” as an adjective to describe it.

The good news is that the PKP has created a series of training videos on OJS.  It’s over two hours of training, freely available on YouTube.  That’s a pretty awesome thing, if you ask me.

The only way to make it better would have been to put them in sequence in a YouTube playlist, for easier sequential viewing.

So that’s what I did.  Cheers!

Why Developers Hate Project Managers

( an excerpt from my book in progress, ” . . . And Your IT Smells Funny!” )

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But when “Testing Day” came, something odd happened.

The scenario script called for the testers to use features that were never mentioned in the requirements document . . . and if they were never in the requirements document then they never could have been turned into code.  When I raised this point, “Allison” explained that the night before she had been brainstorming about features she thought our application ought to have had, and added them to the test.

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