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23 ways to reduce usability with links.

Some of the ways to make weak links:
  • Broken
  • Embedded
  • Ambiguous
  • Orphaned (although I would say the page is orphaned, not the link)
  • Indistinguishable
  • Unfocused
  • Miscolored

I would probably add another one, where you link to a page deep inside a site but it does not provide enough context for users to figure out where they are. This happens a lot when the page you want to link to is buried within frames and you are forced to link to the un-framed page. You can provide some context at your end (the link), but if the destination page does not provide its own "where am I", then it makes your site look bad, too.

Constance Petersen's UI Design column "Designing Ways".

Added/Updated: November 26, 1999

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