Friday, February 29, 2008

Semi-Blind

I had been writing a post and was completely unhappy with it, so I went to delete it. I couldn't find the delete button.

Here's the screen (I use Blogger, and you're gonna want to click to see the whole thing):



I've blurred the text a bit, but see the blue stuff? Those are actions. The black stuff is information - title, date, author, that kind of thing. Most of the work is on the left side of the page - creating new posts, editing existing posts, the titles of all your posts, etc. This is pretty normal for sites (at least, in the right-to-left world).

And then there's delete. It took me at least 10 minutes to find delete.... waaaaaaay over there on the right side. I know delete is something you should take lightly, but you'd think it would be in with the rest of the controls, either at the top of the page or on the left side. There's discouraging use of a feature, and there's hiding a feature, and this one crossed the line for me.

I really don't think that one is a usability win for Blogger.

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