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Re: Empty alt tags

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 09:19:33 -0500
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At 04:13 AM 2002-02-22 , jukka.korpela@tieke.fi wrote:
>
>After all, the only thing that such duplication serves is to
>reinforce some people's tendency to click on anything to see whether it's a
>link somewhere.
>

This bit of rant is naive with regard to HCI.  In a way that makes it ill-considered as a basis for building universal-access technology.

The fact that both the text and the icon should be sensitive is a lesson of human computer interaction learned the hard way (by doing it wrong and suffering).   Nobody should be expected to regress from that hard-learned lesson.

It is not just that historically systems have action-enabled one or the other.  It is a fact that people will differ in what they reach for to manipulate, and the only safe thing for the UI designer to do is enable both.

Have people heard of left-brain vs. right-brain diversity among people?

Al
Received on Friday, 22 February 2002 09:19:15 GMT

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