I’ve just spent the last five days coaxing ikiwiki to work well as a blogging tool. There were two things I noticed about it that bugged me (I’ll get into the benefits later) that are actually pretty common across all blogs and most web pages. I just spent two days fixing that with the most modern tools at my disposal. 1) The default div tag layout sucks for text based web readers like elinks, and is terrible to use with a screenreader.
By the time a speech synthesizer gets past all the preliminary junk, you’ve lost your audience.
Every piece of blogging software I’ve tried violates two rules of rendering nicely to plain text.
Put the important content (e.g. YOUR content) as close to FIRST in the actual text of the web page as possible.
2) The display of web pages just sucks on handhelds.
I worked on WAP. I worked on various early versions of minimo. I worked on making the web work on REALLY small displays (tv, handhelds) from 2001 to 2002. I failed. The so-called “display independence” of the web is a joke. Nobody even tries.
The pinch to compress guesture is a nice innovation but what I think most users would want is the ability to READ the darn page on the first try.