What Web Users Hate Part 2: Scanning the Site

June 16, 2006 at 9:53 am 1 comment

This post is a continuation of my comments on Sandra Rossi's article, "What Users Hate About Websites"

3. 'Leap of faith' links: that means disclosing information on content and file size.

For the most part, I think that systems that an organization purchases do this rather well. Most users do seem to know the pictorial symbols for PDFs, Docs and pictures. However, home grown sites rarely include this important element. I think that we get so spoiled by our fast work connections that we forget that many users may be on dial-up.

4. Attention-deficit Web sites: "Users have a special hatred of flashing icons and banners, because they draw the eye away from what is important and hinder their progress," Cunnington said.

Doing something because "it's cool" is a violation many organizations make in creating internal home pages. For some reason this has not lessened in intranet pages even as organizations have realized that public websites with these features give an unprofessional impression. OPACS certainly don't have this problem. If anything, they are notoriously ugly



Entry filed under: Intranets, Library Technology, User Interface.

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  • 1. Hememaday  |  December 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

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