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Dear Google,

Thank you for honoring the history of the Web. I warmly remember those days in 1995 when companies used the web for brochure-ware and designed their sites with the top 30% of the browser window entirely occupied by lame marketing logos and rarely-used menu options, the left 30% of the window entirely occupied by a tree of even less used folder categories, and the right 30% of the window entirely occupied by unwanted tips, thereby leaving the reader with two-thirds of a 40% scrollable center column to see the actual page content in some arbitrary font of that site's choosing. Granted, the content may have been the only reason users wanted to visit a site, but trying to find the content made the Web just a little more exciting.

However, while I appreciate the nice gesture in honor of the W3C TPAC meeting this week, I do hope you plan on returning Reader to a somewhat more readable design next week. Reading is, after all, the whole point of using Reader, so maybe you ought to consider that the next time someone suggests a redesign.


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When you work in Silicon Valley with multiple, huge monitors supplied by your employer, absurdly fast access to most of the data you access, and tend to spend most of the day in "on campus", it's easy to believe that this is how the rest of the world uses the Web too.
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