Disruptive Features

Personal pet peeves that impede usability are mouse wheel cycling, tooltips, and mouseover popups. Those features are useful but become disruptive after a user learns an interface.

As always the design principle is easy — let users decide. Do not presume one way or another.

Places where mouse wheel cycling appears include:

  • File manager tabs
  • Terminal window tabs
  • Text editor tabs
  • Desktop mouse actions
  • Panel taskbar buttons
  • Workspace switcher/pager

Tooltips and mouseover popups are designed into many dialogs and also appear in file managers when the mouse pointer hovers over files

The solution is straightforward. Provide a configuration dialog check box for these features.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: General

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