No, I’m not talking about pr0n, but web design habits that fly in the face of accessibility, good design or just plain old common sense. I have a secret love for quite a few of these ‘naughties’ and while I probably won’t ever use/go back to them myself, I smile a secret smile when I see someone else that does.
Here are two of my absolute bestest favourites:
1. Justified Text
Oh, it’s so pretty. It lines up in my columns and allows me to visual a strict angular structure even when there are no lines to guide my eye. It is neat, tidy.. regimented even, with almost military precision. If only it didn’t stretch sentences to the bejeezus, we’d all be allowed to glorify our web pages with it.
2. Monospace Fonts
Letters that fill a specific space, taking up no more or less room than any other; the constant reminder of code and all things geeky. Monospace fonts — or rather, Courier New at 11px if you want me to be precise — that is what all good web pages are made of (inside).
What are your web ‘naughties’? Got a particular favourite?