[wp-design] A Quick Sketch

Michael Heilemann heilemann at mac.com
Thu Feb 17 12:43:00 GMT 2005

++ (meaning, I agree with what Matt said).

On Thursday, February 17, 2005, at 01:40PM, Matthew Mullenweg <m at mullenweg.com> wrote:

>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:
>> http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html
>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.
>Matt Mullenweg
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Kind regards,
Michael Heilemann

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