Tags: quotes

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sparkline

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

A good science fiction story… - daverupert.com

Dave applies two quotes from sci-fi authors to the state of today’s web.

A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.

—Frederik Pohl

The function of science fiction is not only to predict the future, but to prevent it.

—Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

InspiroBot

I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Typography Wars: Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes? - The Atlantic

Glenn Fleishman on the war of attrition between primes and quotation marks on the web.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Why do pull quotes exist on the web?

There you are reading an article when suddenly it’s interrupted by a big piece of text that’s repeating something you just read in the previous paragraph. Or it’s interrupted by a big piece of text that’s spoiling a sentence that you are about to read in subsequent paragraphs.

There you are reading an article when suddenly it’s interrupted by a big piece of text that’s repeating something you just read in the previous paragraph.

To be honest, I find pull quotes pretty annoying in printed magazines too, but I can at least see the justification for them there: if you’re flipping through a magazine, they act as eye-catching inducements to stop and read (in much the same way that good photography does or illustration does). But once you’re actually reading an article, they’re incredibly frustrating.

You either end up learning to blot them out completely, or you end up reading the same sentence twice.

You either end up learning to blot them out completely, or you end up reading the same sentence twice. Blotting them out is easier said than done on a small-screen device. At least on a large screen, pull quotes can be shunted off to the side, but on handheld devices, pull quotes really make no sense at all.

Are pull quotes online an example of a skeuomorph? “An object or feature which imitates the design of a similar artefact made from another material.”

I think they might simply be an example of unexamined assumptions. The default assumption is that pull quotes on the web are fine, because everyone else is doing pull quotes on the web. But has anybody ever stopped to ask why? It was this same spiral of unexamined assumptions that led to the web drowning in a sea of splash pages in the early 2000s.

I think they might simply be an example of unexamined assumptions.

I’m genuinely curious to hear the design justification for pull quotes on the web (particularly on mobile), because as a reader, I can give plenty of reasons for their removal.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

yurivictor/typebetter

A really nifty little bit of JavaScript that converts to smart quotes, apostrophes, ellipses, and em dashes.

(Initially it required jQuery but I tweaked it to avoid those dependencies and Yuri very kindly merged my pull request—such a lovely warm feeling when that happens.)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Smart Quotes for Smart People

Jason provides some instruction in using the correct quotation marks online.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Inspiring Tech Quotes

Some of the more idiotic, harmful, stupid and nasty things said by the thought leaders of Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Quotes and Accents

Jessica’s handy guide to writing the right quotes and accents on a Mac keyboard.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Douchey Account Guy

It’s funny and heartbreaking because it’s true.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Examples of blockquote metadata ❧ Oli.jp (@boblet)

Now this is how you make progress on getting changes made to a spec: by documenting real-world use cases.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Quoting and citing with blockquote, q, cite, and the cite attribute | HTML5 Doctor

An excellent article from Oli on markup patterns for quotations …though I still think that the cite element can be used for people’s names.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Quotes on Design

Like a crowdsourced version of Eno's oblique strategies.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Silvio Berlusconi: Did I say that? | Politics | The Observer

The collected wisdom of Silvio Berlusconi. I can't believe this prick is going to be the running Italy ...again.

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

YouTube - 100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

Here's an antidote to all those "100 best movie" countdowns that infest Saturday night television. Here's 100 movies with 100 numbers.

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Twitterlicious

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Top 100 quotes from IRC

Some of this may offend. But it's really funny.