Marc Barrot is working on making his blog more scannable. It's a subject near and dear to my heart. I'm always looking for better affordances --- which is not quite a made-up term , apparently.
First Marc beefed up my storyList macro , adding category display to his version . You can see it work; it's wired to the contents link of his blog.
This would work up to a few hundred items. After that, you'd need to start partitioning the display, but even this can be done in a dynamically-rendered/statically-served way.
Designing an all-in-one storylist display for maximum clarity would be a challenge. But if Edward Tufte has taught me anything at all, it's that a well-designed information display not only can be dense with data, it should be. Perception is a game of pattern recognition. We scan in order to absorb patterns. But we can't absorb patterns that we can't see directly.
Former URL: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2002/04/08.html#a182