[thelist] Jakob Nielsen [was Anti-aliasing]

Paul Cowan paul at wishlist.com.au
Mon Feb 25 18:41:00 CST 2002

Erik Mattheis [mailto:gozz at gozz.com] wrote:
> The only other thing I'm qualified to pass judgement on is his take
> on Flash ... and as anybody who is moderately familiar with Flash can
> immediately recognize that in his Alert Box addressing the evils of
> Flash, he's criticizing something he doesn't know about.


I'm admittedly something of a Nielsen fan (within reason) -- I think he has
some opinions with which I disagree, but if you can find ANYONE who agrees
with me 100% on everything then... well... you've found _me_. No-one will
agree with me on everything, but I think Nielsen is a "good fit" in many

I find people who say "he disagrees with me on point <x>, so he's full of
it" irritating in the extreme, anyway. (I'm not talking about you, or indeed
Nielsen: just the argument as a whole. Also used a lot with politicians.)

But anyway, my point is: what on his Flash-related alertbox
(http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20001029.html) do you disagree with? I've
looked everywhere, and while there are some rather sweeping generalisations,
I don't see anything there that convinces me that he is, indeed, shooting
his mouth off. With what do you disagree?

(I know this article has been debated ad-nauseam elsewhere, but I am curious
to get another opinion)



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