December 19, 2002
Mouseovers...the devil's spawn?
Maybe it's me (or my advancing age), but I just don't get the whole mouseover thing. I suspect that the real problem is not the mouseovers per se, but 1) that browsers are incapable of distinguishing between "hey, I wonder what this object does" and "hey, I'm trying to reach the other side of the page, so please stop winking and blinking at me" and 2) that sometimes potentially useful mouseovers (hey, cues are good) are just so damn annoying.
As an example of mouseovers that I think the world could do without, consider Adventis and their DHTML flyouts (a site Zeldman reamed back on December 3rd) or Eye Magazine and their annoying sound effects on top of their annoying navigation.
Like I said, consider it one of my character flaws, 'cause I just don't get it. I think what I really want is to be able to customize the mouseover setting the way that you can the click speed in Windows. Turning 'em off entirely would be kinda nice too!
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