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Re: Links in context - or not?


From: Keith Parks
Date: Oct 31, 2008 4:10PM

On Oct 31, 2008, at 1:56 PM, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

> Well, maybe, but the question is where to put your links.
> People get disturbed when they don't which link to follow. The cure
> is to
> make your point. then offer a list of links to the finer points.

Why would I not know which link to follow with inline links?

I understand your thinking has changed, but in your own site there are
examples of inline links that seem to be great examples of why you
*would* keep them inline.

For instance, your page "images.html", about 1/3 of the way through,
under "Images - why?". You have a couple of inline links to reference
materials. I think users could reasonably predict what they lead to
(though the links seem to be broken), but there's nothing that is
distracting about them or that blocks me from reading the information.
But if instead of being hyperlinked inline, that same text was
repeated at the end of that subsection, for instance, the links out of
context would likely be less clear in terms of what point they were
presented as additional reference for.

Particularly the one that is not in English, "Bilder ur Nordens
Flora". In context it is fine, but as a stand alone link you would
need to add more text around it to re-provide some context.

Same thing a little further down in the "Supportive image" paragraph.
You present a couple of links that I can choose to click on or not.
But those same links, if presented somewhere else on the page, would
be a lot less user-friendly.

Keith Parks
Graphic Designer/Web Designer
Student Affairs Communications Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7444
(619) 594-1046


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