In my navigation I have a section labeled: User Control.
I have 3 links so far.
For all browsers I have a "Print Page" link.
If you visit using IE I have a "Add to Favorites" and "Make Us Your Homepage" links.
What other user controls are handy?
A link to make text bigger?
What is your opinion and what would you add to help the user experience?
NOTE: Any scripts provided will be used solely with links. Meaning I won't use a "make us your homepage" script on the onload function. I would find that annoying and I am sure it would drive visitors away from my site instead of to it.
You don't let user chose how your site should look like, you make it as best as you can yourself. You only add that kind of styling options when you have people viewing your site once or twice a day...
printing, text zoom, and bookmarking are all readily-available browser controls that the vast majority of users know how to use, no need to waste effort or real-estate on duplicating what's built-in.
focus on content and maybe performance, not bell and whistles.
I'm just hoping for scripts that can make it easier to use and such.
Not really sure what though.
it's a solid motivation, no doubt. it took years for me to curtail my ambitiousness in matters like these. a lot of it was just better browsers getting out there.
i maintain a philosophy that every link or button you add to a site takes away from the other buttons and links. Consider google's home page.
If you don't NEED something, it's more of a distraction than a utility, and the time implementing it would be better invested in SEO, clean content, captivating design, etc...
since i gave you a lecture, let me name-drop some more drop-in functionality for you to check out and play with, most of which are worthwhile:
- social bookmarks (FB like, tweet, email a link, etc)
- smooth scrolling
- low-visibility mode
- external link warning icons (but no pop-up alert)
- rss auto-discovery meta
- og:meta for cleaner Likes and search indexing
- on-page term highlighting if referral from search engine
- search this site box
- mobile-only stylesheet
So far I have a Facebook like/send button. A twitter button. No smooth scrolling yet. I have yet to add my open graph meta tags. For mobile I plan on adding googles mobile redirect php script and giving an alternative website.
Here i one last opinion before I leave this thread since you did give me some ideas.
I have a Jquery infinite carousel.
Would it be better to leave it or to remove it and use a PHP rotator that switches the content on page refresh/reload?
Its nothing important in the carousel.
the jquery one is probably nicer, and if you don't need the SEO benefits of servring hard-coded html image descriptions or whatnot, then jquery is the way to go.
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