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3 January, 2005

Think of the mice

Here's a quick web design tip, demonstrated (as a negative example) by TheTrainLine.com.
If using a mouseover effect, whereby text changes colour when the mouse cursor passes over it, denoting a link, don't apply it indiscriminately to the whole document.
In the stated case, the text changes from black on white to lime green on white, which is illegible.  That's barely acceptable for inline text, where one probably reads each word before passing the mouse pointer over it, but it's awkward to select items from a dropdown menu in which all options are suddenly lime on white, and when one can't read what one has just typed into a form's text entry area, it's more of a hinderance than a mere annoyance.

Comments

It's ....so.....horrible....stop....it,..... please

Posted by Howard McEwen at January 3, 2005 08:34 PM
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