Semantics on the Web

As the semantics of the markup we use in the back end of our Web sites becomes more and more important, it seems that semantics in the language of our content is becoming less and less important. I see so many examples of Web sites using terms in non-traditional ways.

One of the most recent examples I’ve come across is the use of the word “calendar” throughout the Web. I don’t know about you, but for me, the word “calendar” evokes thoughts of a tabular display of dates.

Unfortunately, throughout the Web, the term “calendar” has begun to mean a simple list of events with no tabular representation to be found. Is this a false representation? Shouldn’t these be known as “event lists” rather than “calendars”?

What do you think? What other examples have you found of elements of the Web that are frequently misrepresented?

The Importance of Good Grammar

Recently, I have found myself more and more frustrated and dumbfounded by the sheer lack of attention people seem to pay to their own writing. There are certainly circumstances under which I can understand using poor grammar.

However, over the last few months, I have encountered poor grammar in almost all situations from almost all types of people. I have seen sloppy, unedited writing in commercial marketing. I have seen and heard poor spelling and speech in professional situations and official communiques from various white-collar managers.