Do you want to know what I consider to be the secret of good web design? Assuming that the user is always right. By that, I mean:
- Allowing the user to use any web browser to view your page, and allowing that page to render properly in whatever browser.
- Not insisting on a specific screen size or colour depth
- If the user wants to use a text-to-speech browser, or wants to be able to print your content out, you should let them
- They should be allowed to use the right-mouse button too.
- If they want to block popups and other advertising, again, you should not try to circumvent common methods of blocking these. Avoid popups if you can though.
- Your pages should load quickly, even on the slowest connections.
This may seem obvious but I still see far too many sites which don’t grasp this concept. If you’re a business, every user is a potential customer and therefore your site should not annoy them. Doing the above should permit that.
Early morning rant over and out.