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Say No To Clicks

I had stumbled on to DontClick.it, and read about it at Ajaxian. It is an experiment to study removal of mouse clicks from our usage. It has been replaced with gestures and timers. What you see today is the Phase I which asks lot of questions.

How hard is it to break with our clicking habits? What happens, if we remove the essential element of navigation from an interface, which we are accustomed to? Does it change our behaviour of navigation? Is this change for good or for bad? What do we gain from it? Do we miss the Click at all? Does this have any influence on our perception of the interface? Is clicking really rooted that deeply in us, that we can not resist it? …

The next phase will attempt to answer these questions.

I like such experiments, they try to look beyond what we have today. Another good thing about this experiment is that it is pretty focused on mouse clicks, probably because navigation is one area which can be improved. Mouse gestures are already being used on desktop for various applications. However, the timers and gestures were sometimes irritating and frustrating because of the time lag.

There have been case studies before which indicate that mouse has reduced our productivity, or rather keyboard training and hotkeys can improve our productivity. Which is why I use vi iMproved for most of my editing tasks. The fact that I don’t have to move my hand away from the keyboard saves time. Here is an extensive list of keyboard shortcuts for various platforms that you can use.

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  1. Do Not Say Click Here on iface thoughts said:

    […] Do not make it that obvious! Emil Stenström discusses this and advises that the link text should inform the reader about the content it links to. It should be something that the reader can use to decide whether to click on the link or not. This seems pretty logical and obvious once told. But many are guilty, including yours truly (I actually changed text on pages before I wrote this!), of being too lazy to come up with the right text. Roger Johansson gives some more examples. Even W3C has this down as one of the quality assurance tips. Click here will be really useless when there will be no clicks! Use contextual and informative link text! […]

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