I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t make more cool interactive news stories, or use motion in interesting ways. But I’m advocating here for some guidelines to help make your story a better experience for all your readers.
- Respect the Physics […]
- Remember that We Call Them “Readers” […]
- Ask for Consent […]
If you’re implementing consent at the element level, you can give users the option of reading an entire unadorned version of your interactive story: plain words, static images, unanimated charts and graphs. Like the olden days.
Your Interactive Makes Me Sick (cache)
Somehow related, I read most of my content online using the Reader feature of my browser. Not only does it make the text readable (and uniform) from my perspective but it saves quite a lot of CPU too with wasteful animations cleaned up. I control my scroll, gifs are static, the lazy loading of whatever is ineffective and I cannot stumble across angry comments. I’m not that far from rewriting my web too: convenient, readable, sustainable.
I’m not even sure who to blame for all that crap. I’m getting old…