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Why Your Users May Overlook Your Site’s Important Features

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Jakob Neilsen, known by many as “The Guru of Web Page Usability,” shares his knowledge of Graphical User Interface (GUI) design strategies for today’s web developers. He addresses the importance of keeping actionable elements close to one another, as not to confuse or mislead the user.

An excerpt:

When buttons, drop-downs, checkboxes, or other actionable GUI elements are too far away from the objects they act on, people don’t see them. Often, users don’t realize what they’re missing and simply assume the features aren’t available.

Here’s the full article. And be sure to bookmark Neilsen’s web site for insightful articles about usability.

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Written by uclaportal

March 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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