[thelist] targeting effectively

Erik Mattheis gozz at gozz.com
Mon Mar 25 13:57:01 CST 2002

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>>  Jeff, I really admire you for your coding, but it seems
>>  to me that thinking "If you can code it to work
>>  everywhere, it's the right thing to do" is flawed.  And
>>  that seems to me what you're saying.
>that is what i'm saying and i don't think it's flawed.  if you can
>make it work, why shouldn't you?  the wheelchair ramp on the
>architecture's rendering of the new doctor's office is unsightly so
>we'll just not build that.  problem solved?  no!  problem created.

Later on, you note that it's impossible to make a "degrading" version
for some things ... that's what I was referring to, and I would
modify the "impossible" to "impossible or not worth the effort or
cost". If web browsers still didn't support images, the vast majority
of companies still wouldn't have websites ... yet I can't think of a
website that offers ASCII art renderings of their products for
visitors using Lynx.

>in cases where it actually costs more to make it degrade, if you
>explain the ramifications of it not degrading to the client, many
>(most?) will make it within the budget for it to degrade if the
>project is important to them.

My experience has been the opposite. A smaller budget is more
important than reaching that extra 5-10%.

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>>  would have been considered catering to the elite.
>huh?  as in the use of bandwidth for all the extra characters?

Exactly ... I'm sure there's been people here who have looked at the
characters with disdain ... but it doesn't bother the majority of
people and serves a purpose, so I don't see it as a problem.

>i've already got dibs on buying the first round since you've been
>such a good sport.

An Anchor Steam and shot of Maker's Mark - straight up!

- Erik Mattheis

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