March 4, 2005

How to Fight AutoLink

Tim Bray rants about Google's AutoLink feature here, with a tempered but still negative follow-up here.

I haven't tried out the AutoLink feature, primarily because I'm using FireFox almost exclusively now. I'm not as concerned about the potential for abuse as Tim is, but I have a lot of respect for his opinion on just about any subject.

What's MapQuest and Yahoo! to do? Well, I think we all agree that they have some work to do on their map interface. But here is something they could do quickly to improve the chance that I'll use their service:

Allow me to copy/paste an entire address into the form on their front page. This is one of the most annoying aspects of map services. If I find an address on a web page, and the webmaster hasn't created a link to a map service already, I have to go back and forth to copy/paste the address from one window to another in multiple pieces, or I have to copy/paste the street address part and then fat-finger in the city and state. Why?

Posted March 4, 2005 10:29 AM
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