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Alka Badshah <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 20 May 1997 11:38:24 -0400
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        Is it my imagination, or have I seen many more instances of indexes
(table of contents?) framed to the left of a web-site for navigation?
Do people out there share the same observation?  How would you weigh the
propagation of a familiar but less theoretically sound UI against the
learning required to adjust to a change in familiar UI that might
enhance usability once learned?  This would be difficult to usability
test without imposing the learning in the first place.


>From:  Alka Badshah[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent:  Monday, May 19, 1997 4:35 PM
>To:    [log in to unmask]
>Subject:       Re: Design disaster
>I believe this is an ingenious approach to avoiding frames and yet allow
>the menus to be available at all times.  As for the menus on the right,
>I support them.  We did an application with menus on the right, and
>after getting used to it people actually preferred it, as it puts the
>information of importance on the left, which is where it should be for
>left to right readers.
>Anyone studied this in more detail??
>Alka Badshah
>Microsoft Consulting
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Damon Clark [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Monday, May 19, 1997 2:27 PM
>> To:   [log in to unmask]
>> Subject:      Design disaster
>> Dear All
>> Thought that I would run something past you.
>> The Sedgwick Group (large financial company based in London) website
>> has
>> been redesigned.
>> The proposed new design used frames. One ran a menu down the right of
>> the
>> browser, and this targeted the larger left-hand frame. Frames were
>> suddenly
>> dropped from the project.
>> The site now uses one window, without frames. However, the menu is
>> still
>> reproduced on the right of the window. This means that the menu now
>> scrolls
>> with the rest of the information.
>> The menu is repeated again and again down the right of the screen, in
>> a
>> table. This means that the menu scrolls with the text, but is always
>> available - since it is repeated.
>> This seems crazy, but I thought that some of you may have other
>> comments -
>> or in fact research to support my opinion.
>> Take a look
>> Damon
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