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Building Really Annoying Web Sites Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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From the Back Cover
128 Different Ways to Tick People Off Online! Building Really Annoying Web Sites Blind Them with Bothersome Backgrounds! "When you want to make users shudder and turn their heads in disgust ... sometimes the simplest approach is the best – and nothing is simpler than a Web page background. Choose the right (that is, the wrong) background color or wallpaper, and you can make users shield their eyes, toss their lunch, and develop painful migraine headaches." (See Chapter 1) Pester Them with Pointless Pop–Ups! "You can elaborate on the basic annoying pop–up window to create pop–ups that ′hide′ themselves behind other windows, that fill up your entire screen (and hide your Windows task bar!) and – here′s the holy grail of annoying effects – that users simply can′t close, no matter how hard they try. After you learn these tricks, how much more annoying can you get?" (See Chapter 5) Internet Browser Discover the Most Annoying Web Site Ever Created! Check out www.annoyingwebsites.com for examples of all tricks in the book as well as all the code (and a few additional annoying tricks, too). Subject Them to Senseless Streaming! "Sound and movie files are typically very large, eating up lots of, band–width and taking forever to download – especially on a dial–up connection. So users are forced to sit through long downloads in order to be subjected to sights and sounds that they don′t want to see or hear. It′s a perfect setup for an annoying situation." (See Chapter 8) Rile Them with Rage–Inducing Registrations! " Whether it′s an annoying Flash animation ... a request for a user ID or password, or the need to complete some long and complicated registration form, anything that blocks your entrance to a Web site is a source of major irritation.... Have fun implementing these techniques – and get ready to watch your traffic count drop to near zero!" (See Chapter 11) Just Kidding! "I know you will never implement any of the maddening tricks and techniques presented in this book. ... All that is beneath you, right?" www.hungryminds.com
About the Author
Internet Browser The Man Behind It All Michael Miller has been annoying people since 1958, when he showed up late for his birth, to the consternation of all concerned. Since then he′s written more than three dozen how–to books on a wide variety of topics. People claim that he has not only an annoying personality but also a purposefully subversive nature. His biggest regret is that he doesn′t yet have an FBI file. (That he knows of ...)
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Among them? Bothersome Backgrounds, like flashing backgrounds or a scrolling background. Nasty looking text that fades in or out, or changes colors constantly. Links that go nowhere or adding sounds to them. Crazy cursors that change shape or disappear entirely. Popups or windows that fill up a whole screen. Or even ways to "force" visitors to fill out a form within a specified time or to block underage visitors if you have an adult-oriented site (actually that one might come in handy for some!).
At times hilarious and a quick read, this book is enjoyable especially if you have a perverse desire to learn what the annoying things you really shouldn't do with a web site, but have the desire to do anyway.
Any way, this is a great book for people who LOVE to create off-the-wall webpages!