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Reducing Useless Clutter on Websites

From the Articles That Unintentionally Parody Themselves department:

In the last article we listed some of the seemingly good but superfluous elements with which Web designers clutter their sites. We covered:

  • Counters
  • Close, Bookmark and Print this Window links
  • Flashy menus that don't help the user
  • Right-click protection scripts
  • Animations
  • Tunnel pages
  • Background music

This time we will wrap up with some more examples and a list of ideas for how to spot cluttering knick knack.

Indeed, how would one spot this kind of problem? Perhaps by reading the very article itself..

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Written by Jeff Atwood

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