Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Alphabetized Links are Random Links

The problem with alphabetized links ...

" ...One option would be to completely randomize the links. You could put all the links into a hat and pull them out, one at a time. The first pulled link would go on the top, the second would go next, and so forth.

Of course, users would have to read every link to find what they want. There would be no way for them to eliminate entire groups at a time. If a user is looking for the link for registering a visitor to the building, they couldn’t easily eliminate all the links that have nothing at all to do with that function, such as the HR links.

Over time, users may remember that their favorite links are in certain positions. For example, they may remember a link that is near the bottom or towards the middle."   continued ...   (Via UIE Brain Sparks)

Alphabetized Links. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Alphabetized Links.


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