Hints for web site designers:
will take me, and often they won't let me launch
it in a new tab - they do whatever YOU THINK it
should do, not what I NEED it to do. Especially
you listening, all you bloggers who use HaloScan?)
2.) DON'T default links to popping up in new windows.
If I want a new window or a new tab, I'm quite capable
of launching the link in one myself (unless you prevented
to click your link, close the new window I did not
want, then control-click to get a browser tab and then
close the original tab I don't need anymore.
3.) DON'T squeeze significant amounts of text into
frames much smaller than the full window. If the navbar
and other things take up so much room that I can't
have them up while reading the text, let me scroll
them off. The window is for INFORMATION, not just
all the pretty thingies that web designers like.
frames I tried to get rid of by clicking "View only this frame". If
you've put too much nav clutter on your page, let me get rid of it.
Better yet, provide buttons so poor folks still using IE can do it too.
5.) DON'T make a link do different things if it's launched in
a new window/tab instead of the same window/tab. (Are you
listening, Yahoo Mail?)
6.) DON'T force your pages to ridiculous window widths... especially
not in flyspeck fonts. Ultra-wide text columns are hard to read,
and even harder as the font gets smaller. Text becomes nearly
impossible to read if lines grow wider than the window, or the screen.
This should never happen, so why do so many of you do it?
7.) DON'T give your nav links priority for window space over the
content. If the user expands the font to read the content, the nav
stuff should move aside gracefully. If this doesn't work with your
whiz-bang layout, rethink your layout.
8.) DON'T use a style sheet which keeps the user from scrolling over
to the left margin if their window width isn't what you think it should be.
9.) DON'T make me re-load button graphics and other static stuff every
time I come by; if I visit you every day, those things should come right up
out of cache. The last-modified and expiration date on all elements
of the page should be trustworthy. (Are you listening, Keenspot and
the rest of you comic sites?)
10.) DON'T use automatic reloads unless it's essential for the READER! Your
view-tracking is not reason to reload a page, suck down the user's bandwidth and maybe make
the browser go wonky.
<the engineer-poet breathes a sigh of relief as one insistent peeve is let out to do its business>