Web 2.0 articles


What would a writing for the web course be without some Web 2.0 readings? Tim O'Reilly's What Is Web 2.0 Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software is a good choice since he always his a good feel for how the Internet will develop. Bryan Alexander's Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? in Educause Review is a good overview as well.

Drupal 4.7 Release & Kairosnews Upgrade


Drupal 4.7 was officially released today. In anticipation, I upgraded Kairosnews to the Drupal 4.7 release candidate over the weekend and then to 4.7 stable today. As Dries describes in the official release announcement, there are lots of improvements over 4.7. Equally exciting to me, though, are the many new features that are and will become available in other contributed modules.

Optimizing for People Who Search

In Search engine optimization: beyond search keywords, Gerry McGovern makes a key point here that expresses the rhetorical situation of SEO: we should be optimizing for people who search.

Sometimes, those involved in search engine optimization lose sight of certain absolutely critical issues. The objective should not be to optimize for any particular search engine. It is to optimize for people who search. This is a subtle but essential distinction. It's easy to get obsessed with the technical aspects of Google and Yahoo!

More Design Links: Part II


More resources for my Writing for the Web class this fall.

More Design Links


Next year, I'll be leaving Purdue to teach in Grand Valley State University's Writing Department. One of the classes I'll be teaching is Writing for the Web, so I'll be posting more resources that I find on the web which might be useful for that class. Here are the latest:

Don't Make Me Think Usability Testing


Chapters 9, 10, & 11 from Steve Krug's 1st edition of Don't Make Me Think is available online. In these chapters, Krug talks specifically about usability testing.