RE: Link mania: there's nothing magical about Miller's number 7!

Subject: RE: Link mania: there's nothing magical about Miller's number 7!
From: "Nagai, Paul" <pnagai -at- visa -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 12:09:36 -0800

Some months ago on a conference someone reported
about the Online conference 2000 in London. There
someone reported that Microsoft attempts to show
less than 7 subtopics in one topic and only a
rather shallow topic hierarchy so that many topics
can be found only by chance or by full text search
or when someone clicks on a certain hyperlink.
This approach is based on tests. Too many links
would confuse or irritate or intimidate the user.

I can´t tell whether this is only a Microsoft
finding or whether others found the same.

This link may be of interest:
http://www.research.microsoft.com/users/marycz/chi981.htm

-paul

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