Usability Tools Podcast with Jared Spool & Brian Christiansen

Jared Spool discusses tips and tools for improving your site's user experience with Christine Perfetti and Brian Christiansen. They share someone UIE's most important findings from our decades of research on web design and usability.

Episode #13 Mouseovers in Navigation

December 17, 2007  ·  25 minutes

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It's tempting to spend a ton of time creating slick flyout, dropdown, or pop-up navigation on our site, but is it worth the effort? This week, Brian Christiansen and I discuss interactive mouseover techniques for navigation. Are they a good idea when it comes to actually using your site? Based on our testing, we don’t think so.

Show Notes

It's tempting to spend a ton of time creating slick flyout, dropdown, or pop-up navigation on our site, but is it worth the effort?

This week, Brian Christiansen and I discuss interactive mouseover techniques for navigation. Are they a good idea when it comes to actually using your site? Based on our testing, we don’t think so.

Some of the issues we address are:

  • Why would designers want to use mouseover navigation?
  • How do mouseovers become an obstacle to navigation?
  • What effect does mouseover navigation have on users finding their trigger words?
  • What sites are good examples of navigation without mouseovers?

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