Okay. I've decided that Jakob Nielsen has delivered
another brilliant commentary on site design.
I myself have addressed some of these same issues on
my own web usability blog, and in my client education
reports (my version of Alert Boxes).
To rant and flame against Jakob with "Is this the
usual Nielsenian poor communication skills showing or
a sign of design facism rearing its pretty [sic] head
again?" is unfortunate for any reasoned debate.
Name calling, that seems a bit immature maybe, but I
could be wrong.
Railing against usability seems to be a popular
pasttime...perhaps for those who squirm at the thought
accountability for their web designs that are
dreadfully annoying to use when you don't have the
time or patience to figure out non-standard
terminology and abnormal locations of needed
information or functions.
I know that some people may never really understand
the difference between Altruistic Design and
When Jakob said "...free users from slavery to
individual site designs," the context was bad site
For a browser to provide users with quick and easy
buttons for major pages of a site, like "Help System,
Category Listings", or "Archives", "Product Lists",
"Feedback/Contact", when some sites disguise or bury
these pages--a good idea.
"Explicit Structure Commands"? I see no reason for
designers, or users (who are more important in this
respect), to not like this concept.
Maybe they can fill us in on why this ruffles their
feathers...unless they know that some of their sites
are not as clear and organized as users require for
fast, easy, satisfying operation.
For more on why some designers express anger at
usability suggestions, see: