Calendar on weblogs
Since almost anything one searches is contextual, what is the idea behind having this on a weblog.
I don't understand the question.
I agree. And when I come to a new weblog that seems interesting, I want to be able to go throught the archives quickly. It's easiest to do that when the archives are reached via links to all monthly content. Calendars just get in the way of that.
I think Prakash is asking, "Why include a calendar with links to past entries on a weblog?"
The Pedant, Brent P. Newhall
Chronological archives are required of a weblog, but IMO calendars take up way too much screenspace for the minimal functionality they offer. Movable Type automatically creates monthly archive pages which should meet the needs of most people for chronological browsing.
The calendar in weblogs is completely lame.
AFAIK, it is the worst interface one could possibly invent that still looks "useful" to the uninitiated. I can only remember it being on those Userland weblogs.
Anonymous got it exactly right. It's the worst possible interface for browsing through archives... not only do you have to click on tiny dates one at a time, but you have to remember what dates you've seen and find the previous/next one yourself.
Joel - Hilarious. Of course, you know that now that you've said it, someone will pressure you to tell them how to do it.
I think the little calendars are harmless. The space they take up wouldn't have been used for anything else: they live in the sidebars, and no self-respecting blogger would do away with a sidebar. And they look kinda neat. OK, so you wouldn't actually want to *use* them for anything much, but so what?
It's useful when dates have meaning, like a newspaper. A local paper has a transportation column on Mondays, so if it had a date-based mechanism (it doesn't, but some newspapers used to. hey, they're mostly gone now), I could go through monday.
Eric's a perceptive guy, and I'd enjoy reading his observations, but then he springs something like this on us:
They're useful for weblogs that aren't posted to that often to see when the last post was. I suppose a list style archive would acheive the same effect though.
a different anon
Big calendars are the answer: http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/08/
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