Reasons why news scrollers are bad
This is the most complete list of pros and cons for vertical scrollers. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to discuss that on our next meeting with a client.
Reasons why news scrollers are bad:
- They are tacky, and reek of end 90ies web design
- They are annoying attention seekers
- They lure designers into thinking they can define the size of the screen, they don’t, the visitors do, each of them for themselves.
- They lure editors into adding far too much content to the page – hidden is not gone, think of the screen reader and text browser visitors.
- Considering “banner blindness”, they might be useless
- They might cause memory leaks and slow browsing in some browsers on low spec machines
- They might confuse visitors with attention deficits or other disorders.
Reasons why news scrollers are good:
- Clients love them
- That other site has them (you know, that really cool, bleeding edge one, the… what? Bankrupt? Well, it was a cool site though!)
Ran to it this morning, when I was searching for as painless as possible (standards-wise, at least) solution for an information slaughter.
What I like about the DomNews is that there’s a stop function. Every accesibility savvy developer is a star.
Now, if I could just find a way to explain how those Add to Favorites and Make this page my Homepage links shouldn’t go into main navigation area.