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The ugliest Wikipedian navbox yet!

Wikipedia uses, on its pages, templates with links to kindred articels so you can see the relation between them and find similar subject matter. Here is a good example.

Now, for what I found: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:DSLR_cameras_with_movie_mode&oldid=772927666

Hideous! It is hard to display so many different categories at once, and this is a good example of that.

Mistakes were made … by Readers’ Digest

Normally I don’t patronize Readers’ Digest. My grand mother had a cardboard box filled with them that I used to read when I was visiting her place when very young and was up late at night, as I nearly invariably was. This was before computers.

Anyway, I found a posting by “RD” that listed what it considered stupid laws from the 50 states. These are fodder for satire everywhere and even some websites (I won’t link to them because they are usually trash) pretend to collect them.

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Nice Gantt chart you have here… pity if someone… tried to read it.

While looking into the current New Zealand flag change question, I found this wannabe Gantt chart, which I think is hideous.

Here are some problems:

  1. And worst, the layout is just plain hard to read. Time is the abscissa, but the ordinate is a bunch of categories with arrows pointing here and there.

1A. The entries on the list do not line up with the categories, making it hard to tell who is doing what.

1B. There are multiple colored arrows, complete with dashes and solids, making it hard to tell how many parallel processes there are.

  1. The thing is mostly made in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint (I can’t tell which exactly), which isn’t bad, but for some reason, the striped band between 2015 and 2016 is a bitmap and so looks ugly when you get close in.

  2. The colors of the fonts are inexplicable.

  3. “CPG” category has terrible colors and a gradient on each line for some reason!

  4. Overuse of capitals and acronyms. These are a common problem in politiqual work though.

I request that they hire a graphic designer to fix this, or find a bored summer intern (or winter intern since they are down south) to fix this up.