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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Why does software suck - WSJ's latest format

While WSJ's latest update of its web pages are a welcome sign, it adds one very damn annoying feature when showing the indices and the graph as shown here:

This represents the worse design I have ever seen, namely:
  • There is no obvious UI clue of which index that graph represents. If you peer hard enough you might see the first index is of different colour to the rest and that indicates the index that graph represents. What's wrong with a dot or a symbol next to it.
  • If you want to see the graph of another index, you have to hover the mouse over the index. If you are using a mouse that is fine but if you are using a Tablet PC, it is a pain in the neck as that often brings up Market Data Center. A terrible piece of design.

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