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OK so it's been done before by about a million other people, including the Daddy of Usability Jakob Nielson. However, I thought I'd create my own Top 8 - why Top 8 you ask? Because, I'm an Internet Rebel and I don't conform to your ideals of Top Tens...plus I couldn't think of 10 things to write about.

The points aren't in any kind of priority order, that would just require too much thinking.

8. Not identifying hyperlinks properly.
This issue has been around for ages, but it somehow still exists. Hyperlinks that don't identify themselves as such and require the user to mouse over them to show that they're a link.

I'm not saying all links should be blue and underlined, but they should be differentiated from the rest of the text/content to an extend that I don't have to mouse over them.
I guess this could be one of those areas where design and usability seem to conflict, or more likely, it's because designers are lazy and don't understand the importance of usability.

7. Document links that don't identify themselves as such.
By document links I mean things such as links to PDF or Word documents.
When I click on a link I don't expect Acrobat Reader to suddenly start up. Who even started using PDF's online anyway, weren't they designed for printing?

Anyway, if you really must link to a Word or PDF document, please please designate it as such.

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