Those who’ve met me in person will know I’m easily irritated by the little things. If I worked in an office with other people, I’d be that guy you hear every 5 minutes saying “what the fuck…”, and then have a hard time explaining why the annoying thing is annoying.
To help alleviate some of the minor stresses of day to day browsing, I’m starting this new series in which I let off some steam about things that annoy me about the web. It’s not something I intent to do regularly – a few times a year at most.
I’m not really sure what I want to achieve here1. Maybe start a discussion about various things, shed light on small things that people forget but have an impact, or learn about new & improved ways to do things. It’s hard to have a goal when I’m not even sure what it’s going to be about.
For balance, I’m going to try and do a counter series where I list things I really like about the web. New trends which don’t deserve to be thrown into a fiery pit, specific details about single websites and so on. I want to call that ‘Web Delights’2.
Oh, and for those outside the UK, here’s the Urban Dictionary definition of ‘irk’.
So, without further ado.
- Very intelligent Web pages from very rich companies, that have numbers of things without proper pluralisation. 1 subscribers? It’s not hard. Even I’ve made client/server-side pluralisation functions.
- Websites that put all the content inside an element, add
overflow: auto;but don’t add
-webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;to keep the elasticity of scrolling on a vast majority of touch devices. Granted it has its own quirks, but c’mon.
- Using swipe gestures on websites to go to the next and previous posts/pages. I’m looking at you, Blogger. I can only assume the Blogger developers have never used their own platform one handed.3