I'm writing a section about good
web design policy. Currently, I'm researching no-no's on
web design, e.g.:
never design your pages using special fonts
unable for a vast majority of your users.
(multiple) large (>32 KB) pictures in the same page (unless
user is aware of this, of course).
always remember at least some kind
tags on images. Some users do turn off graphics.
limit the use of animated
gifs - especially very dominant ones, i.e. with flashing
text or background.
if you want to use a background image, make it a small one
around 5-7 KBs.
test your designs
with Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator/Communicator and
no music should be loaded
automatically when a user visit a page. If a user really wants to
listen to some music while browsing your site, they should press a
specific button to start it.
do not steal
graphics from other pages, e.g. by grabbing a small "send
email" icon, without asking the author of the web page.
do not mimic layout
of other sites i.e. do not copy color schemes, type faces
(fonts) or graphic style.
events like onMouseOver, onMouseOut, etc. make sure you preload your images
or your users will have to hold their mouse above a given item
before it is loaded.
keep your design viewable
in a 640x480 resolution; some people still uses this and it
is pretty irritating to scroll horizontal when viewing a web
site. Sometimes a 800x600 is acceptable, but you have to analyze
your users before selecting a higher resolution for your general
analyze your users and make
sure you have a flat hierarchy in your design. No specific
information should be more than three clicks away from
Contrary to the advice I've seen to break up long pages so people don't
have to scroll, I'd much prefer to download information all at one time and
be able to skim -- rather than read a little, click on yet another link,
WAIT yet again for a separate download, etc.
At the least, there should be the option to see all the information at once.
For instance, articles on the PC World site are frequently broken into
multiple parts, but you can see the whole thing at once by clicking on
"Printer Friendly Version".
If you have a good suggestion, please
let me know.