Re: Hiding things (was RE: Optimizing OnlineHelp for Mobile Viewing)

Subject: Re: Hiding things (was RE: Optimizing OnlineHelp for Mobile Viewing)
From: Ed Marsh <lists -at- edmarsh -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 09:20:15 -0400



Are you talking about a drop-down *menu*, or a drop-down *list*?


-=Ed.

On Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:16:17 -0700, Robert Lauriston wrote:

>
Drop-downs make sense in a dialog box or data entry where if you
>
exposed all the enums for all the fields they wouldn't fit it in the
>
form.
>
> They make no sense to me for related topics or "see also" in
online
> help. Why make me click on something instead of just letting me
skim?
> As a user, when I come across that sort of thing, I'm annoyed.
>
Flare's help is full of that stuff, providing a useful negative
>
example of their pointless features.
>
> If I didn't read fast and
navigate mostly from the keyboard I might
> not be so annoyed by a help
system constantly making me reach for the
> mouse.

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