Tuesday, October 04, 2011

User Interface Rant

In the early days of the web, all hyperlinks were blue & underlined. Even images were outlined in blue. So all clickable links were easy to recognize. This was quickly fixed. These days, most pages have clickable images. These days, there are images that are clickable from icons that look like buttons to images you might want to see at a larger size. Seldom is there the slightest indication that they can be clicked. I ignore the boiler plate of most pages, since that's where much of the advertising or non-changing content resides. But some sites hide valuable content there - like the dates and times for events.
By default, links look like links. So web developers have to go out of their way to make this happen. Pretty strange, eh? An entire planet seemingly dedicated to user interface obfuscation.

1 comment:

DQKennard said...

You say "obfuscation". They say "longer average pageview of page/advertisement."

I think there used to be some keyboard shortcut in Internet Explorer to highlight all links on the page, but I don't remember it. Maybe they "fixed" that, too. I don't know if it still exists, or if there's something similar in other browsers.