1) Not showing me the regular site when I'm using a high resolution tablet. I don't need or want something mobile optimized on an iPad. (At the very minimum though, allow us to switch back.)
2) Have a modal popup that says "This site is best used via our iPad app. Do you want to download it now?" whenever you visit it.
3) Disabling zoom.
- Having a semi-functional mobile version just to look cool. Hey I got this mobile version of my site but wait, don't have more than 50% of the functionality of the traditional site. Oops
- Irritating modal pop-ups that don;'t have a close (x) button and on mobile phones, all the users sees is the darker foreground due to the pop up and cannot do anything else.
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Don't do it on websites, or even worse, assume that any click on a link means open it -- ctrl + click should open it in a new tab, but too frequently doesn't.
Not sure how smart browsers are about skipping redirect pages in the "back" history. If the page is a 301 I think the browser omits it from the history, but if they're doing less elegant redirects (such as, ugh, JS) I don't know that the browser will pick up on it.
I ran into this on ESPN during the NFL draft. Clicked some sort of analysis link, it was a 404. Tried to go back, the 404 page refreshed. I ran into several more 404 pages over the next 10 minutes or so, and eventually left for NFL.com.
I agree this is annoying but I don't think non-power users care. Opening up new windows is not an average user case for most sites. And users are getting used to navigating sites without right-click at all because, well, sites are getting used to users not having right-click access due to mobile and tablets.
- SEO first, creative content never.
These two things are not mutually exclusive, not even in a remote sense, I'd argue
- Use DIVs for tabular data (drive developers away)
Huh? Not sure what this refers to. Is it because tables-as-div are not as easy to copy-paste into Excel? I agree but again, I doubt non-power users care. The only people who would really care are the developers who actually have to implement the tableless solution. And even then, there are reasons to use divs (for a responsive design, for example)
Apparently that isn't nearly as widely known as I thought.
I just opened github.com in a tiny window and used that feature to scroll horizontal (Chrome on win 7).