Economist.com design director David Wertheimer shed light on his site's redesign process in a recent book, "Usability: the Site Speaks for Itself." Now, Digital Web Magazine has published excerpts from the book. I've wanted to get the book for a while; reading this whetted my appetite more. (On a related note, Economist.com's innovative "subscriber sponsorship" has been the buzz lately.)
Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch declares keyword meta tags are dead.
Mark Pilgrim has made several technical innovations on his weblog, including a custom 404 script that enables URL-based shortcuts. (Here at Holovaty.com, I've had URL-based search functionality for a few months -- just type holovaty.com/search/[searchstring] in your browser's location bar.) He's also put together a "Recommended Reading" tool that, given your weblog's URL, suggests other sites you might like to read. It behooves publishers of online news sites to keep an eye on the early technological adapters in the weblog community.