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More Website Knick Knack

In our second article about useless clutter on websites, Chris Heilmann focuses on websites that try to reinvent the wheel, features that offer a quick "wow" and little else, and more. Are you guilty of inflicting website knick knack on your visitors? Take a look at the included check list and find out.

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By: Chris Heilmann
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December 13, 2004
  1. · More Website Knick Knack
  2. · Why to stick to the tried-and-true
  3. · The site in the site
  4. · The Russian doll symptom
  5. · Changing the cursor
  6. · Baring it all
  7. · Forewarned is forearmed

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More Website Knick Knack
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In the last article we listed some of the seemingly good but superfluous elements with which Web designers clutter their sites. We covered:

  • Counters
  • Close, Bookmark and Print this Window links
  • Flashy menus that don't help the user
  • Right-click protection scripts
  • Animations
  • Tunnel pages
  • Background music

This time we will wrap up with some more examples and a list of ideas for how to spot cluttering knick knack.

This time we make the wheel purple

One common mistake that Web developers make (or are asked to make and donít feel confident enough to refuse to do) is to reinvent basic behavior of the operating system or the browser. One word: don't.

A lot of content is a drag

Many times inexperienced designers, who havenít grasped that the dimensions of a website are not in their powers but in those of the visitor, will come up with a content area of fixed dimensions. Realizing that there will be too much content to fit in the space, they design a flashy scrolling area using their own scrolling DHTML or flash widgets, discarding the inbuilt browser scroll options.

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