New Rules of Web Design for The Worst Age of Web Design

These rules didn't used to exist, because they didn't need to exist, because web design used to not go out of it's way to kneecap the basic functionality of a person using a website. But here we are. So here are the new rules of web design for the hell that exists.

If I type, it should type what I type.

Do not slow down my typing because you want to present a live search. I type 60 words/minute, except when I'm typing in a live search box, and then I'm down to 60 characters/minute plus a bit of hatred because a website wants to slowly update the live search after every character.

If I click, it should click what I click.

Do not redraw the screen beneath neath my cursor in-between the beginning of the click and the end of the click. I don't know how this even happens. I've already started clicking on a result on your live search, it shouldn't be updating as my click happens.

If I select text, it should select what I select

Do not disable text selection because you are afraid of your content being stolen. If I wanted to steal your content I would disable javascript, or I would build a web scraper that you couldn't stop if you wanted to. I'm selecting text because I want to share it or look it up. Both of those are good for your engagement.

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