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Re: Links in context - or not?

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From: Peter Krantz
Date: Oct 31, 2008 2:30PM


On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Jukka K. Korpela < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>
> That was my initial feeling when authoring web pages, and I still use
> "contextual links" for _non-essential_ links, but I have changed my general
> opinion on this. The way the human mind works, we first read (or listen or
> whatever) the main content, as continuous flow, and then we decide whether
> we wish to follow links to secondary material.

I guess it depends on what type of content we are talking about. Jacon
Nielsen did some research on this in "How Users Read on the Web"
(supported by Steven Krug in Don't Make me Think). As I interpret it
users don't always take in information in a linear fashion. See

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html
and http://www.sensible.com/chapter.html

regards,

Peter