In which less is proven to be about right.

Administrative Debris

It struck me that Tufte’s description of “administrative debris” and its opposite, which I suppose might be called “proper interface/content integration” or an “information interface,” may finally explain my penchant for hypertext as a user interface medium for many types of information display. HTML, and the web’s basic architecture in general, is designed in such a way that demands that interface elements related to navigation and moving through content, areas prone to administrative debris, occur in a way that’s naturally suited to the content.

With hypertext, the information itself is the interface.