Some thoughts about Gemini UX
seirdy at seirdy.one
Mon Feb 22 20:32:46 GMT 2021
On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 09:07:20PM +0100, Hans Gerwitz wrote:
>It’s important for users to experience a sense of place as they
>navigate (as per Luke Emmet’s “cognitive aspects” thread from May 2020)
>but also important to give content creators some control over the
>presentation of their text.
>Already we see extensive use of ASCII art. This is retro-cool but I
>would argue favicons or theme colors are actually *more* minimal, and
>also more attractive to 21st century users.
I think that the lack of aesthetic branding is one of the best parts of
the Gemini space. Capsules should be distinguished by content, not
appearance. Presentation should be up to the user-agent, not the
authors. If branding is important for a site, then the Web is probably a
better fit for it than Gemini or Gopher.
>I appreciate the need to avoid spurious network requests, especially
>across servers. But rules like “user takes action” are impossible to
>enforce (and scrolling is an action).
Actions equivalent to navigation should work. When navigating to a link
pointing to an image, displaying that image inline should suffice.
Scrolling isn't sufficient because users can't see what's "below the
fold" and therefore can't consent to sending a network request to an
unknown resource. This could also be used for tracking; authors could
"measure" how far a reader as scrolled by seeing which images got
Inline images should only be used if they're a necessary part of the
content and alt-text won't suffice. Readers should be able to decide if
this is the case from the context and make a decision; the decision
should not be made by authors.
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