Monday, July 11, 2016

The History of “This Web Site Is Well-crafted” Hints

Adrian Holovaty:

Over time, technology stabilizes and the techniques become expected. 10+ years ago, in the era of .cgi and .asp, I remember geeking out with Simon Willison about beautiful URL structures we’d seen. No file extensions! Readable! Hackable!

To us, they were signals that a web development team sweated the small stuff. It’s like the famous Steve Jobs story about making the inside of the hardware look just as nice as the outside, even if nobody ever sees it, because you have pride in your work.

With this in mind, I put together a list of these hints, as I remember them. Perhaps it’s of some historical interest, or maybe it’s just fun nostalgia. Almost all of these have become mainstream by now.

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