h a l f b a k e r y
Think of it as a spell checker that insults you, as well.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
That's a nice design, but I have no idea which one of those is a
button, a menu or link? What's draggable and droppable? How can I
tell mouseover is an important part of the functionality?
A simple CSS legend for the user to know how to use your site before
even touching the mouse.
||Not tooltips. ( I edited this by mistake and lost the text)
||I half-decent site should be intuitive to use, and
people who design bad sites are unlikely to
produce a "key" well.
||Also, is the key a graphical overlay on top of the
site? If so, it will look horrid. If it's in a separate
window, or in a corner of the page, it'll still be
horrid but now also too small to view.
||Cars don't generally have labels saying "gearshift -
move to change", "windscreen - look through
here", "seat - arse goes here" etc - websites
shouldn't need such labels either.
||Yes but they are not cars, there are numerous more
designers and possibilities of design than there are for cars.
Ok pop up legend on link that says legend. Why even make
exploring or intuition a necessity? There are so many
features on sites that people just don't know about because
they have to click around to find them. Oh, when i click rhe
red it does this? Oh the drop shadow items are draggable.
Oh so this is a link? Way too many sites rely on intuition and
way too many features that could lure in a user remain
undiscovered. This may be faster and easier than an FAQ,
or video IMO.
||Well designed sites should be intuitive. Poorly designed sites solve the problem by slapping "click here" everywhere, etc.
||You could feasibly have a browser extension which shows a test page with all the standard interactive elements, using the css of the page you're currently viewing. I'm not sure it would be all that useful.
||I'd say yes for massive sites where visitors would be more than simply browsing (library catalogue, government, universities, etc), for long periods of time andor multiple visits, otherwise what [MB] said.
||Nearly all websites with healthy web traffic are web apps,
where you have to create a profile etc. sometimes they
have the exact same functionalities, but completely
different designs, and sometimes they have unique
tell by the design at a glance a) whether events are tied to
the element b) what these events might do. I say a legend
helps and would perhaps retian users who visit when they
try figure out what to do when they visit he latest web app
craze Plooooft.com etc. Easy enough to do.
||// labels saying"gearshift - move to change",
"windscreen look through here", "seat - arse
goes here" etc. //
||You've never rented a vehicle out of Dow
Field, have you ? And we don't mean a one-
horse buggy, either (although they are the
bulk of the rental business from locals).
||Tanks do. There are some funny stories about those