Talk:Mystery meat navigation

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Televance of "click here"[edit]

The article doesn't strike me as a candidate for deletion. Independently of the deletion question, I propose removal of the "click here" section, or relocation to a different, more nearly relevant article, if one can be found. "Click here" navigation is unrelated to MMN. "Click here" links are deprecated because of literary bluntness and device-dependence, not because they involve hide-and-seek games with the user (which is the main criticism of MMN). Typically, "click here" links are part of sentences that accurately describe what would happen if the user were to click the link, so there is absolutely no "mystery", and no connection to MMN. Skyrmion71 (talk) 00:22, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Does this apply to Web browser design also?[edit]

Web browsers since the 1990s have moved more and more in a direction of replacing buttons that are marked with readable text labels with buttons that are marked with bizarre and unintuitive little ideograms. We have written languages for a reason. How about a "reload" button that actually says "reload," instead of a made-up symbol that might as well be a string of Egyptian hieroglyphs? "Mr. Johnson, I need you to click on the 'home' button. That's the button that's marked bird-squiggly line-ankh-boat..."

Is there a term for this phenomenon when it is applied to Web browser design?

The obvious term is “mystery meat navigation”. It is increasingly prevalent in nearly all applications, not just browsers, and increases the learning curve. At least in some applications, you can change the size of the navigation icons, and you can specify that each icon gets a name. This is just another evil influence emanating from Steve Jobs and many other people for whom a “clean” appearance trumps usability. Solo Owl 02:22, 29 March 2015 (UTC)