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The quest for the usable wiki

Submitted by Jakob on 6 May, 2006 - 15:28.My Blog | Human-Computer Interaction | Usability

A wiki is a wonderful idea, in essence it's a website that anyone can edit and view. I've used wikis in several projects related to my studies in order to have a common site for storing documents and notes related to our work, and that has worked well and our teachers have appreciated it. So far I've used, tried and looked at four or five wikis, and despite the simple idea behind the wiki, none of them is easy to install, use or customize. Why does it have to be so complicated? I don't know, but I have some ideas on how to make a more usable wiki.

Related Nodes - my first Drupal module

Submitted by Jakob on 6 May, 2006 - 12:52.My Blog | Drupal

Many blogs list related blog entries as "Related Articles", however currently this isn't something that Drupal supports, nor could I find a module that does. It seemed I would have to write my own module, so yesterday I started working on what was to become my first Drupal module. It's called 'Related Nodes'.

When is "humor" actually humor and when is it racist?

Submitted by Jakob on 5 May, 2006 - 00:06.My Blog | Politics & Society

Talking to my friend Bexx who lives in this US, and can be seen posting here at my site now and then, she showed a picture of tshirt she perceived as being racist, perpetuating stereotypes about native Americans. This made me recall the recent and similar political debate and media storm regarding the caricatures posted in the press containing a derogatory depiction of the prophet Mohammad. What should be considered racist and what should not?

Help me make it into the web design book

Submitted by Jakob on 4 May, 2006 - 23:18.My Blog | Web Design

I recently submitted my site to to hopefully make it into the book. If you like the design of this site and would like to support this effort and my site, please click the image below to go to and vote for me.
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Can web designers truly make a difference?

Submitted by Jakob on 4 May, 2006 - 19:47.My Blog | Politics & Society | Web Design

As living beings, we are born, we grow up, live and die. During that period of time many of us would like to produce something that outlives us, and almost everyone wants to impact others such as family, friends and lovers. Some of us think the world is unfair and wish to do something about it, but can you do that, regardless of your profession? I believe you can and I'll tell you why, from my point of view as a web designer.

Instant Messaging, neither written nor verbal, and why that can be a problem

Submitted by Jakob on 1 May, 2006 - 20:58.My Blog | Human-Computer Interaction | Linguistics

I am composing a paper about instant messaging (IM) and chat, two modes of communication that are becoming more and more popular today. Unfortunately I have caught a cold so things have been delayed, and I've been required to stay indoors, rest and drink tea, I hope to make a speedy recovery and get it done. Regardless, it's a very interesting and relevant topic, I don't know many people who don't have an IM account and use it daily so I was hoping maybe you, my dear blog readers might share your views and bring some more insight.

Sketching and typing, the benefits of a notepad like input format

Submitted by Jakob on 30 April, 2006 - 13:19.My Blog | Human-Computer Interaction | Usability

The primary way to store information on computers and digital media today is in text form and the reasons for this are traditional, it's easy to search and store text and it takes up little space. Stepping outside the traditional and limited sign systems of the digital era, allowing users to introduce their own signs, drawings and diagrams, seamlessly with typed text, will emulate the properties of traditional paper based media and add semantic richness to digital content.

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