Usability Links

Now here's a usability story worth taking seriously:
Child car seat instructions too difficult. [Link first changed 04/18/2003, orginal link via IDblog. Link changed again 03/25/2004. ]

Daniel Kapusta rants that dishonest links must die. All about a link that seems to be pointing to a movie but then went to a signup page. Oddly enough, it was a javascript link the first time I went, but now it matches the way he saw it.

Apropos of nothing geek-oriented thought for the day:
You know you're a geek when you drive down Signal Street looking for Noise.

Speaking of links, I have an annotated links page. I don't know why more sites don't bother to explain why you'd want to go to a site on said link pages.

Posted by Chad Lundgren on Sunday, March 9, 2003 (Link)


Posted by Joshua Kaufman Monday, March 10, 2003 at 08:24 AM

I agree about your annotated links page comment. I've been thinking about doing something like that for a while on my Elsewhere page, but I haven't decided on a design that doesn't cause too much clutter. Perhaps I could use the title attribute a la Zeldman's externals?

Posted by Chad Lundgren Monday, March 10, 2003 at 11:11 AM

The title tag is an interesting idea. It seems like it might work because it only shows up when you've moved your mouse over it, which is when you are considering going there.

However, on the flip side, you may not move over a non-catchy name when the site is something you're interested in. So while I use the title attribute from time to time (I'm especially fond of setting one alt tag and another title tag on images) for this issue I like to have the description immediately visible.

Posted by Joshua Kaufman Monday, March 10, 2003 at 07:21 PM

While we're on the subject of your links page, it's Kaufman with only one n. :)

Posted by Chad Lundgren Monday, March 10, 2003 at 08:52 PM

Really? I had to go to your page to check, I didn't believe you.

It has one N now. Now all I have to do is find that post where you say "Jeff" Raskin instead of "Jef" Raskin. :-P