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Archive for February, 2005

Consistency and Expectations

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Consistency in font, color and size matters. As visitors move through your Web site, they gather clues (unconsciously, perhaps) to the structure of each page. It helps them move to the meat faster. This is part of what makes a user feel comfortable on your site — it’s a good thing and you should protect [...]

Finding Links In Text

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Pay attention to where and how you place hyperlinks in text on the screen. Here are guidelines, with dead-link examples : First, be sure your style makes the link look like a link. Use a distinct color. Nielsen and others advocate for keeping it the browser-default blue; I don’t see anyone getting confused by a [...]

Linear Flow

Friday, February 4th, 2005

In general, users prefer the “action” items on a Web page to follow some sort of understandable flow — I’ll propose a linear flow moving down and right. By action items, I mean buttons or links where I can do stuff — submit a form, click to a subtopic, etc. And as noted elsewhere, users [...]

I’m back

Friday, February 4th, 2005

…from a long hiatus, during which a difficult redesign, as well as a major application “crash,” sapped any energy I might have had for blogging. Lotsa changes around here, so stay tuned.

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