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Vic Gov RSS shouts – it’s all they can do

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-08-31


At first I thought the Victorian Government Media Releases RSS feed (http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/rss-feed/all-media-releases/), was simply ugly and unreadable because of the shouting all caps.

But then I realized it is a perfect fit with Joh Brumby’s government.

Don’t do good policy – just shout loudly enough about how great you are so everyone gets bored.

And just about everyone with half an education in typography knows that all-caps shouting becomes ever less readable compared to lower-case letters as the length of the text gets longer… yeah, don’t do anything to make it easier for people to find the interesting stuff and read the fine print.

BUT LET’S FACE IT: ALL UPPER CASE SHOUTING JUST SHOWS THAT YOU ARE CLUELESS WHEN IT COMES TO BASIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS EVIDENT SINCE CHARLEMAGNE DECIDED TO GET A GRIP AND STANDARDIZE THE ALPHABET AND MAKE IT EASIER TO READ AND THUS ENCOURAGE GREATER READERSHIP.

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