Web design schadenfreude
Few words can describe the horror of using Netscape 4.7 to visit thingsmagazine.net
. Far from being a carefully composed series of pages (in IE6), we were greeted with what could only be described as an accident in a font workshop. We've implemented a rather hasty workaround - feedback
appreciated, as usual - so that old school browsers will encourage readers to click through to an old version of the site: thingsmagazine.net/old_website
Actually, using 4.7 (which appears to be the strictest
, most bloody-minded browser), to look around today's web is quite eye-opening. We haven’t got to the stage yet where we can analyse our stats to see who’s using what, but it seems that even some of the major players – sites we very much admire – tend to wobble slightly when confronted with 4.7’s demands (links will mean nothing in newer browsers: I
. We're certainly not singling these sites out, but golly it makes us feel better to discover that we're not the only ones capable of leaving your browser window look like a teenager's bedroom).
More admin, of a less onerous kind. We can now announce, tremulously, that our first things
17 piece is up and ready to read. Critical Mass
is a strangely topical short story. You can also (pause for fanfare) be the first to experiment with our online ordering system
. Just one issue available so far, things 15
, which will ship with a CD.