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Ways To Irritate Me

March 15, 2007

I’ve seen a very disturbing trend in websites lately that apparently really, really irritates me.

To see what I’m talking about, go here:

Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Ohio

Take a look at the main menu on the left. Try to click on something. Better yet, right-click on one of the options and see the menu that appears.

Yep – every single item in the main menu is a separate Flash movie. Why? I can’t begin to summon the level of sarcasm that this decision warrants. To achieve this effect in HMTL and CSS is one of the most basic exercies there is – and would be completely accessible, usable in every modern browser in existence, and easy to maintain. To achieve this effect in Flash makes the menu much harder to maintain, dependent on (mis)using Javascript to work immediately in IE, most likely inaccessible, and a much larger download.

My mind boggles at the decision to do this. Why? Most decisions that I don’t agree with are at least comprehensible according to some value system – even if I don’t share it. But this? I can’t conceive of a thought process which could justify that decision.

One Comment leave one →
  1. weregrouch permalink
    March 16, 2007 6:12 am

    You forgot to mention Pop-Up blockers. My computer won’t allow the menu to work at all…

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