Written by Adrian Holovaty on August 10, 2002
Boing Boing offers a cool idea -- a "tabbed newspaper" using Mozilla's bookmark tabs. There's some good discussion, too.
(By the way, Mozilla rules.)
This is a superb idea. Kudos to the Mozilla developers and Cory at Boing Boing. But when I opened this bookmark, I got 10 tabs, all labeled "The Onion | ...", because every page title begins at The Onion's site begins with that. I have no problem with site designers putting their site's name in page titles, but I think it should be done in a reverse hierarchy, after the specific content on any given page.
Jakob Nielsen recommends that designers "[m]ake the first word an important, information-carrying one." He also says, "Do not make all page titles start with the same word: they will be hard to differentiate when scanning a list." If The Onion put articles' headlines first, I might only see the first word or two of each headline on its Mozilla tab label, but the way they are right now conveys even less information. The pages might as well be labeled "Page 1," "Page 2," etc., in my Mozilla tabs.
Some sites that build their titles with headlines first (or with headlines only): washingtonpost.com, msnbc.com, and nytimes.com. Some sites that don't: cnn.com, boston.com, and usatoday.com.
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