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From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 10:19:43 +0100
Message-Id: <a05010405b6cbad0881c0@[212.157.162.116]>
To: <paciello@ma.ultranet.com>, "Lisa Seeman" <seeman@netvision.net.il>, "WAI" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
At 12:10 PM -0500 3/6/01, Mike Paciello wrote:
>  >Mouseovers are "needed"/"wanted" to attact the user's attention, to
>  > draw attention to the link. :)
>Kynn -- not sure whether this is meant to be a serious statement.

Looking at it, it's hard to tell, yeah.

>I'd
>debate, from a usabilty perspective, that this is true. Mouseovers, more
>often than not, come under the topic of "discovered functionality" --
>particularly for the average, non-techie user.

But the way you "discover" it is that if you mouseover (select)
something, the UI notifies you in some way.  In some cases it's only
as subtle as a mouse pointer changing from an arrow to a finger; with
mouseovers, you actually get an increase in accessibility/usability
because the change is a change of the graphic.

(The problem here is "links which are not obvious."  Mouseovers are
one of the ways in which designers can alert [certain] users to the
fact that a visual element of the page is also a link.)

--Kynn
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Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
http://www.kynn.com/
Received on Wednesday, 7 March 2001 04:29:42 GMT

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