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Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002

Jakob Nielsen (via Erik Barzeski):

Every year brings new mistakes. In 2002, several of the worst mistakes in Web design related to poor email integration. The number one mistake, however, was lack of pricing information, followed by overly literal search engines.

I think what annoys me the most is a variation on #6: when sites use JavaScript to show a link in the browser status bar that isn’t where the link you’re hovering over actually goes. For instance, VersionTracker makes it look like clicking a download link will download a .sit or .dmg file, but clicking the link actually takes you to their ad page. By the time I realize that, I’ve option-clicked the link and end up with a .php file in my downloads folder.

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