[seqfan] Re: Lack-a-day

Marc LeBrun mlb at well.com
Thu Dec 2 20:03:12 CET 2010

>="Olivier Gerard" <olivier.gerard at gmail.com>
> Can you try
> http://oeis.org/A007598 and tell us if you see only the sequence ?

The problem is that when a user goes to http://oeis.org (the home page) and
types A007598 into the search box they do NOT get http://oeis.org/A007598
but rather (in my English environment)


Worse, from a usability perspective, typing 0, 1, 1, 4, 9, 25, 64, 169 into
the search box just gets you


Indeed, clicking the A007598 link at the top left of the result gets you to
http://oeis.org/A007598 but that's roundabout and obscure.

I think it's a mistake to present the expert-friendly interface as the
default on the primary home page.

Similarly it's confusing that commas can radically alter the behavior, eg

  [0 1 1 4 9 25 64 169]  versus [0 1 1 4 9 25 64 169,]

Again, I recommend having a naive least-common-denominator interface on the
home page *without* all these fancy features, with an "advanced search" page
for experts.

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