Three cheers for VTA – and Web 0.5

Too many web designers take Web2.0 to mean making their site look glitzy and trendy, at the expense of quick easy and accessible use. Yahoo used to deliver great content, fast and easy, and it worked with any browser. Now service after service is UPgraded so Opera no longer works, etc., and it’s all so s…l…o…w. But it’s beautiful and trendy, it’s Web 2.0.

So three cheers for Santa Clara County’s transit agency, VTA, for taking a step back to a simpler time, maybe uglier, but much more functional. They could provide bus schedules only to high bandwidth client devices in the Windows/Apple mainstream, with the latest Flash version, with lots of trendy navigation features that work great so long as you’re sitting at your desk instead of, say, wanting to take a bus somewhere.

Well, they’ve got the interactive maps and PDF’s, but in addition they give their timetables in a radical format that enables a myriad of other uses and applications called … (drum roll) … plain text. Let’s hear it for Web 0.5!


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