Tag Archives: Usability

On Web Usability: Mouse Cursors and Actionable Page Elements

Whether we realize it or not, the displayed cursor image tells us about the area of the screen below our mouse cursor; it tells us whether or not we need to click, drag, move, resize, or even wait.  Now, I know that we all know this, but I believe that sometimes as developers (especially web developers) we forget that not all items in an application have the correct default cursor for the action that is assigned for that item. Continue reading

Case Study: Poor Web Usability and Design

At the time of writing this article, I couldn’t find a more perfect example than the landing page of the open source software distribution web site, Sourceforge.net. Now, I’m not really sure what web usability and design standards (if they even used any) their designers/developers were using when they made this page, but I am going to pick apart and explain some of the problems that I see as poor selections and decisions for the landing page. Continue reading