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PCInk

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Msg#: 4645625 posted 10:38 pm on Feb 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

There was a number of replies to my question of annoying website issues at: [webmasterworld.com ]

I would like to take the discussion a bit further (because many of the problems occur online or offline regardless).

What user interface issues do you hate.

Here are some of mine to get you started:

1) Anything on a page that can be accessed but cannot be seen. Android, for example has a menu that can be dragged down from the top of the screen but cannot be seen. Given a blackberry tablet, I was online in seconds but took me over half an hour to work out how to type in a web address I already knew. Couldn't even get to google.com (other good search engines are available) which would have helped!

2) Gnome 3. Go to the power option, which is visible (good) but only suspend is available. To shutdown, you have to go onto the internet and search how to shut a computer down. Stupid, stupid, stupid. All basic functions should be obvious. Guess how? You have to click on the power icon, to bring up the menu, but then you have to hold the alt key to change this to shutdown... Even worse, you have to then click on 'shutdown' to get to restart! Obvious? Yes. If you programmed it. To anyone else, useless.

3) Microsoft Office Ribbon. It's little pictures of things to do the function you require. Great, so save is a file, right? Yes! And a macro looks like...erm..., well, it looks like a list of text so a list of horizontal lines? Maybe. It's not.

If anyone ever has to leave your software or website to do search to find out how to do any function, you have failed. Completely failed. Unless that function is impossible.

What is the worst UI you have seen recently?

 

Samizdata

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Msg#: 4645625 posted 5:11 pm on Feb 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

What is the worst UI you have seen recently?

I believe it was called "Windows 8 Metro".

I saw it once a year or so ago, but haven't actually seen it recently.

Classic Shell took care of that.

...

ken_b

WebmasterWorld Senior Member ken_b us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 4645625 posted 5:36 pm on Feb 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

Low contrast fonts are my current issue.

The farther you get from black on white / white on black the worse it is.

Currently I've seen several medium/light gray on white and light blue on white that are almost impossible to read for anyone with vision issues.

lucy24

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month



 
Msg#: 4645625 posted 1:13 am on Feb 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

Anything, anywhere, that assumes by default that you know what the icons represent. I've got a lot of things bookmarked, but I've never seen an ISO list of Universally Recognized Icons. At least browsers tend to give you the option: big icons, little icons, with text, without text...

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