You would have thought that after more than 10 years in web design I would have learnt my lesson by now. Before you do anything on the web, carefully consider the consequences.
Just trying to help
Over a year later I was writing yesterday’s post and trying to add a link for users to add their comments at the end of the post. I wanted the link to jump directly to the comments block at the bottom of the page. "Easy" I thought, "Just add #Name of ID at the end of the address". I was therefore amazed when for some reason this didn’t work and instead jumped the user halfway down the page for no reason.
- I was breaking the tab order for users who couldn’t use the mouse very well.
- there is a strong possibility that speech browsers will start reading from the position of the cursor rather than the top of the page (I have yet to check this)
- users at 800×600 are immediately jumped half way down the page rather than viewing it from the top
And the morale of this story…
The morale of this story is that insignificant changes to your site, especially those that mess with the default browser behaviour, can have huge consequences. It is not enough to presume that because it works successfully on another site that it will be okay on yours.