Putting together an event presentation and maintenance system for an organization I found myself not sure whether to laugh or cry. Their current “calendar” consists of a spreadsheet formatted with individual cells representing days and event information.
Yes, they’ve turned a spreadsheet into a poster.
It never occurred to me that anyone would miss the need to separate all of that from their data too.
Even the Microsoft Office way of doing things usually tries to encourage the separating of their presentation+code elements (Microsoft Word + the template du jour) from data (usually in an Excel spreadsheet, or if it’s a really “sophisticated” app, an Access database).
But here I was, pouring over an Excel spreadsheet formatted to look like a calendar, with the event data embedded in its cells based purely on their visual appeal.
If there’s one thing those of us who know better have almost a moral obligation to do , it is to work on enlightening our fellow primates on the importance, the undeniable labor saving utility of separating out data from presentation.
Civilization itself may depend on us.