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Welcome to Geeklog Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 06:48 PM EDT
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As for the right blocks, I agree it is a rather unusual feature, but we do see some nicely done sites out there that a right block-based concept for navigation. Also, it helps to empathsize a static page that you really want to point out.
Since English (and many other languages) reads from left to right, the page itself will be the first thing people see rather than the blocks, thus forcing the reader to read at least a few lines before going back (if desired) to the navigational/other content in the right blocks. It might also be useful in Japanese websites, since I'm told that their language reads from right to left.
Finally, a very good example would be Google who uses a right block for their AdWords campaign. Of course, this would be cooler if we had that advanced blocks control functionality as I mentioned, but the idea remains the same.
And finally, I personally hate being unable to do something, even though I may not neccessairly want to do it! :-) Now, I know I could code the .thtml files to display the left blocks over the right blocks, but this would be kind of a one-way, quick & dirty solution...