Bad Design In Programs
25th November 2003 · Last updated: 5th October 2016
Ever used a program and got a meaningless pop-up message? Or been frustrated when the program doesn't allow for your setup? If so, then check these I've come across.
In Eudora, the programmers clearly haven't considered anyone setting the Windows taskbar any higher than its default setting of one row. The result is a help message that cannot be scrolled to see the hidden text. And what if the user has a smaller screen size? Even more text wil be hidden. So stupid.
Also in Eudora comes a puzzling change to the way buttons are used in Windows. Someone had the bright idea of listing text for a directory over a button! The text is naturally cut off - it does not fit the shape of the button. And why confuse users? A button is meant to activate something, not to display text in this way. The text should be listed (in full) underneath, while the button should say something like "Change Sound".
Here's another example from the same program. Here, the button is blank because the user has yet to select an Attachment directory. So why doesn't it say "Choose Directory"? A confusing and silly way to use buttons.
Lastly, what a laugh this error message from Nero Wave Editor is. Which button is the user supposed to click? I tried the Yes button and the program closed!