Gee, aren’t floors great? All flat and clean and smooth, they do a faultless job of preventing us from plunging headlong into the voids beneath them — a particularly useful trick in multi-story buildings.
It’s interesting to reflect that, although the wonders of electricity have been available for over 100 years, no one has ever sought to improve the humble floor by making it totally dependent on electric power to operate.
Floors that disappeared or collapsed whenever the power was cut — even if that was only occasionally — would be inconvenient, to say the least! While electricity has often been used to improve the usability of our floors by heating, cooling or lighting them better, no floor would ever cease its basic operations without the presence of electricity.
… and nothing else.
While simplicity and elegance are to be applauded, this is probably taking things a little too far.
If you were to somehow make it past this first redirection page, you’d be deposited at the landing page shown at the right.
Okay, I’m making light of the situation, but this is a serious issue. We’re not talking about complex operations that necessarily require scripting. This isn’t:
- a multi-site mashup
- advanced functionality, such as a 3D animation, multimedia, or an interactive map
- a partial page refresh with sooper groovy Ajax
We’re talking about boring, fundamental operations like page rendering and navigation — operations that have worked flawlessly since Tim Berners-Lee first imagined them two decades ago. And at Visa, they’re failing completely.
Congratulations to Visa.com on taking out the first award!
I’ve got my eye on another half-dozen sites that qualify for the award, but if you’re aware of other worthy nominees, we’d be interested to hear about them.