[wp-design] A Quick Sketch
m at mullenweg.com
Thu Feb 17 12:39:59 GMT 2005
Joen Asmussen wrote:
> I know you all hate Jakob Nielsen, but his usability writings are based
> upon measuring thousands of users behaviour in usability labs. "He's
> just the messenger". And he mentions "Non-Standard Use of GUI Widgets"
> as his #3 on his top ten web design mistakes:
I think being consistent and making it obvious inputs are inputs is
important, but Jakob's implementation advice was more relevant 6-8 years
ago when the studies were done and that article was written.
If anything the expectations have been reversed -- people expect
applications to work and feel more like web pages now, because their
entire computer experience is "online."
I do not doubt that there is a type of person who may be confused by an
input box, but I think we can pretty safely say that they won't be using
WordPress in the first place. I think most of our usability problems lie
not in the styling of the form elements, which I've never seen anyone
have trouble with (though they really sucked in the 0.7-1.0 days) but
with the intuitiveness and flow of getting tasks done.
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