Improving user experience with links, notifications, and Webmentions

Bookmarked Improving user experience with links, notifications, and Webmentions by Chris Aldrich

“While I want people that I mention in some of my posts to be aware that they’ve been mentioned by me, I don’t necessarily need to add to the visual cruft and clutter of the pages by intentionally calling out that link with the traditional color change and underline that <a> links in HTML often have.”


I think on my site I’d always want a mention to look like a link, so a reader can identify it and choose to visit whoever I’m mentioning. But that’s part of the joy of IndieWeb — we’re free to implement the details to our own tastes. Chris wants his mentions to blend into the text of his site, and that’s a perfectly valid choice.

I can only agree on dropping “@” prefixes though. Those are clunky and completely unnecessary in environments outside of siloed social media. The only time I include one is if I know I’m syndicating a particular post to Twitter.

Also bookmarked on indieweb.xyz.


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