Web Content Development (or herding cats). John Fritz December 12, 2000. If architects worked like web developers . Dear Mr. Architect,
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December 12, 2000
Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. . . .(full text)
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It reminds me of being a radio DJ. You just talk with no idea of who's listening and what they think about what you're saying. When you develop web content, aside from web stats, etc. most of the time you've got no idea how it's received. This forces content creators, I think, to really develop a sense for the voice and mission of the site for which they are writing...and just go with it, feeling confident that it's what the people want.
Keeping up with the constant deadlines of a website is quite an undertaking. Web content
developers don't have the luxury of a monthly, daily or even hourly deadline. It's constant, and frustrating. The dynamic nature of the Internet is both its greatest strength and most aggravating quality. To stream or not to stream, to flash or not to flash... How does a content developer decide how far to go with available technology to ensure that all the eyeballs are in the right place and not closed out because they don't have the right
Charlie Melichar, UMBC Director of Media Relations & Webmaster, www.prsamd.org