Re: IE7 has no back button in popups

Subject: Re: IE7 has no back button in popups
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2007 01:36:28 -0500

Perhaps the point, from a TW perspective, is that Microsoft seems to be
on an interface-changing spree. We all know how irritating that is for
the user. After years of having common elements in certain places in IE
and MS Word, for example, we now have to relearn these applications. We
come to expert certain behaviors from the software, and when it behaves
differently, it trips us up. These are not intuitive changes, or we'd be
able to find them. The MS Office function ribbon is supposedly designed
to be more helpful, WYGIWYS as Jakob Nielsen puts it. But there's a
performance drop while you get used to it.

We've had personal computers for more than 25 years now. There are no
more "beginners" where computers are concerned, so why do companies like
Microsoft feel they need to dumb everything down? Is anyone actually
designing an intuitive, performance-supportive interface, or are they
all just doing what they like and we have to get used to it?

Beth Agnew
Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College, Toronto

Rick Stone wrote:
> Hi Keith
> Sorry, but I don't get it. What's wrong with right-clicking and choosing
> Back from the context menu?
> Keith Hansen wrote:
>> I have IE7. In my browser, when I click on a link that opens a popup,
>> the popup opens--but no Back or Forward buttons are displayed on the
>> browser's toolbar.

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Online certification?: From: Jason Roeder
RE: Online certification?: From: Lauren
IE7 has no back button in popups: From: Keith Hansen
Re: IE7 has no back button in popups: From: Rick Stone

Previous by Author: Change Control for Documentation
Next by Author: Adobe Tech Comm Suite: Importing Word documents into RH7
Previous by Thread: Re: IE7 has no back button in popups
Next by Thread: Certifications in the IT industry

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads