A long-long time ago, there was a discussion of Pet Peeves on the WebWomen-HTML discussion list. I've captured some of those in the following summary (all attributions have been deleted; published with permission).> My biggest pet peeve is animation. Ironically, tho. I don't like it > and tend to turn off my browser's support of it when I'm looking > around the web, I think it's a fascinating medium and would like to > do more of it on my pages -- and I have seen it very effectively and > impressively used. -=-=-=-= I was interested to hear from someone on another list (sorry, I can't remember which one) say that he had an attention deficit disorder and had been known to stick pieces of tape over the screen to block out animations so that he could read the pages. -=-=-=-= Pet peeves? Busy background patterns, blinking text and whole pages of centered text. :) Will second, as well, the animation annoyance with a slight modification. Endlessly-looping animations (note more than one per page) drive me bats. :) -=-=-=-= I've been lurking...but I just have to get my two cents in here...my pet peeve is...enormous graphics that won't let you see even the site's text while they take forever to download. I'm out of there before you can say "short user session". -=-=-=-= One of *my* pet hates is animated gifs right alongside text (and most specifically, a letter that posts and unposts itself next to the address you're trying to read...) -- it's almost impossible to keep your eyes on the text! Another is Java animations, because they stop the page ever being "done": you never know if the page just hasn't all arrived yet or whether you've got it all and it's just that darn giraffe rolling its eyes that keeps the page forever loading. -=-=-=-= Ohhhh - I don't know. It's hard to beat the Java animations that keep your page in loading limbo - that drives me right up the wall! Also, the cute little messages that run across the bottom bar of the netscape (in my case) window that obliterate the important information about where you are, where you're trying to go, whether or not a host is replying, etc. and so on. -=-=-=-= Oh... big Corp.'s web site, which is designed by designers asking for tons of money, 90% of them come with very simple background, over 60% of them only use plain white background, about 35% of them use left side color bar to separate the contents and navigation area. Personally I never like to see any colorful background, low contrast emboss-type of background might be preferred.
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