Fragmentions

Cennydd’s latest piece in A List Apart is the beautifully written Letter to a Junior Designer.

I really like the way that Cennydd emphasises the importance of being able to explain the reasoning behind your design decisions:

If you haven’t already, sometime in your career you’ll meet an awkward sonofabitch who wants to know why every pixel is where you put it. You should be able to articulate an answer for that person—yes, for every pixel.

That reminds me of something I read fourteen(!) years ago that’s always stayed with me. In an interview in Digital Web magazine, Joshua Davis was asked “What would you say is beauty in design?” His answer:

Being able to justify every pixel.

Here’s a link to the direct quote …except that link probably won’t work for you. Not unless you’ve installed this Chrome extension.

What the hell am I talking about? Well, this is something that Kevin Marks has been working on following on from the recent W3C annotation workshop.

It’s called fragmentions and it builds on the work done by Eric and Simon. They proposed using CSS selectors as fragment identifiers. Kevin’s idea is to use the words within the text as anchor points (like an automatic Command+F):

To tell these apart from an id link, I suggest using a double hash - ## for the fragment, and then words that identify the text. For example:

http://epeus.blogspot.com/2003_02_01_archive.html##annotate+the+web

That link will work in your browser because of this script, which Kevin has added to his site. I may well add that script to this site too.

Fragmentions are a nice idea and—to bring it back to Cennydd’s point—nicely explained.

Have you published a response to this? :

Previously on this day

7 years ago I wrote A dao revisited

Musing on a thirteen year old piece of writing on the web.

7 years ago I wrote Responsive workshopping

A half-day workshop I did at this year’s UX London.

11 years ago I wrote Blast from the past

When rabbit holes become memory holes.

12 years ago I wrote Iteration and You

Liveblogging a presentation by Daniel Burka at The Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote From Design to Deployment

Liveblogging a presentation by Jon Hicks at The Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote Print is the New Web

Liveblogging a talk by Elliot Jay Stocks at The Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote Photoshop Battle

Liveblogging a Photoshop tennis match at the Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote Getting Your Designs Approved

Liveblogging a presentation from Larissa Meek at the Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote Demo hell

The air gets sucked out of the room at The Future of Web Design.

12 years ago I wrote The User Experience Curve

Liveblogging a talk from Andy Budd at The Future of Web Design in London.

12 years ago I wrote User Experience vs. Brand Experience

Liveblogging a session from Steven Pearce and Andy Clarke at the Future of Web Design.

14 years ago I wrote Bedroll

Not a blogroll.

18 years ago I wrote A thousand words

Jeb has posted some pictures of his trip to Europe.