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Web slackers are architects of own downfall


Don't tell those extremely important regulators of title at ARB about it, but maybe the title Information Architecture will tempt you to sneak a look at Webmonkey's five-part tutorial on website design. See it at http: //hotwired. lycos. com/webmonkey /98/28/index0a. html? tw=design.Sorry about the length but sometimes you've got to dig. Even if you, hopefully, have no intention of designing your own site, download the whole thing, print it and have it by you when you are interviewing a new web designer or balling out the old one for not installing adjustable type or using non-adjustable white type on pale grey backgrounds.

With many long URLs, you need not type the whole thing. Although, for some reason probably to do with the site's design, it does not always work as simply as that (and sadly it does not in the case of Webmonkey above), but try typing just the first bit of a long URL up to and including the . com - and click your way through the site using its internal navigation system.

A lot of you use Wacom tablets.

More fun than a mouse, probably more precise and a lot more like using a 2B pencil. The company now has a bunch of updates for drivers for all its current and old tablets, both Mac and PC. Download yours at www. wacom-europe. com/uk/ downloads/driver/index. asp.

Finally spam. Or rather anti-spam.

Fred Langa (at the LangaList www. langa. com) passes on a recommendation for a tiny, free, Bayesean spam filter at www. keir. net/k9. html and a recent issue of .Net has Zero Spam on its front cover - alternatively download from www. tootoo. com. Haven't tried either but, I gather, spam is a big issue for some of you. Bayesean? Yep, it's one of ours.

A theorem which quantifies uncertainty developed by 18th century English cleric Thomas Bayes. He and his theorem have recently been resuscitated and are extremely fashionable in practically every research field.

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