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Ramon Vazquez <[log in to unmask]>
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Ramon Vazquez <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2004 07:40:58 -0700
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It seems to me that the worst usability example is in URLs. There's a
lot of work to do on how the web, the internet and network works to make
it more user friendly.
I understand that URLs have to be compliant to an specific standard, but
why are we sacrificing ease of use for a standard? Can the standard be

Some questions to think about on URLs are,

    * Why did we use the most difficult letter in the alphabet for URLs?
('w', double-u) And three times!!!
    * Why should we use a 'dot'?
    * Why can't i just enter something like 'the university of arizona'
and go to my desired page?
          o After all there's only one university of arizona
          o Something shorther? what about 'u of az'?
          o And why do i need to add the "dot edu" classification? isn't
'university' sufficient to indicate that i want to go to an educational
          o Or why not only type 'microsoft' or 'ibm' or 'amazon' and
voila!!! why enter the whole enchilada:,,
    * Why isn't it possible to create URLs with special characters like
apostrophe, @,  !,  comma, etc??
          o Wouldn't it be more intuitive and user friendly to use
commonly used characters??
          o My first language is Spanish and we use tildes in vocals...
why can't we have such letters in the URL? and then have to write México
instead of Mexico...

Just something to think about and see what we could do about it...

Ramon Vazquez
Computer Database Specialist
Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas
University of Arizona
Phone: (520) 626-5995
Email: [log in to unmask]

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