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Re: SIGIA-L: How users react to pop-up windows
From: Terrie (terrie_at_earthpoint.net)
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 15:47:44 EST
I've used them for informational purposes. For example, as a quick link to
a section or a "tool tip" for an application. Usually in the context of a
"temporary" section such as a seasonal product or information that would
only have a short lifespan where I did not want to add a permanent link to
the main or sub menus. In all honesty I did not do extensive user testing
on their success since they were short lived.
I would be interested in the thoughts and ideas on these. It is sometimes
difficult to put yourself in a users position when you may take ease of use
for granted. I'm sure that non computer based browsers such as webtv must
have terrible difficulty with popups. I imagine that the handy "close this
window" button probably closes the whole user session when multiple windows
are not possible.
Does anyone have some hard, fast data?
At 04:42 PM 2/7/01 +0000, you wrote:
>I think we need to make a distinction between different kinds of popups.
>The article you sent was about advertisements. However, I'd be interested
>in what people think about functional popups (wizards).
>A functional popup enables a user to complete a specific task and:
>* Not lose their context (the page they came from never goes away)
>* Not be distracted by other navigation - while they're in the popup
>wizard (be it a one-step or multi-step wizard), they aren't confused by
>other items typically on the page, since they are constrained to only what
>is in the popup
>* Related to above point: Have clear action - either Save or Cancel
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