September 25, 2000
--- FORMAT OF NEWSLETTERS: COMMENTS ---
Regarding the format of newsletters, personally I prefer the plain text format. I believe that a number of my friends have the same thinking. If there is something in the newsletter that may be relevant to a friend for example, we may just copy out that section and include it in an email to an associate or whatever. It is often not practical to refer him/her to the entire text, or forward a copy of the entire newsletter. There is so much extraneous information out there on the internet these days (including unwanted email) that most people do not have time to go through it. Therefore we feel that by passing on the relevant "snippet" directly, it is more likely to be noticed, and perhaps acted upon.
--- FORMAT OF INTERNET SITE WEB PAGES: COMMENTS ---
On a related note, have you considered that there are two general types of design styles for the pages on internet sites: the full page style and the frame style. What you often see on many ROC government websites is the frame style, however this has the serious drawback that the subsidiary pages often do not have unique site address https.
For me, this is a great bother. People ask me for the location of relevant regulations regarding residency and immigration into Taiwan, and I give them the website of the Bureau of Entry and Exit at www.immigration.gov.tw
however that site uses frames extensively and the relevant information that they want is buried down inside there several levels. Often as not I get an email back saying "I cannot find what I want." Hence, I consider the information being made available in something as close to pure text as possible to be the most useful. For website design, I recommend the full page format. These comments are for your reference.
---Richard W. Hartzell
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