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I am working on a somewhat interactive site and to go back several steps (am trying to do this without using cookies) to a personalized results page is important.
Do people really use that drop down menu, or are they tired of it since a lot of DB driven sites just do not make use of the title tag and you will never find where you want to go back to? Or did users never really find out about it?
do we know of any statistics?
would it be better to just put a dynamic link on the page (cookie driven) to get them to that results page?
what's your take?
I've been reading Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" and he has really made me think about some of the things I've done in my site design.
Krug goes one farther than just looking at how many use a feature. He points out that even if the visitor to a site is familiar with a function if it takes extra steps the visitor may just move on.
People do what is fast and familiar. The back button is just that.
The other good resource is Jakob Nielsen's site. Start with [useit.com...]
So he may be the big usability guru but there are a few things he writes that I'm not so sure about. Good to read it though and think about all his points.