Avoid Inline Scroll Areas (26% Get it Wrong) – Articles – Baymard Institute
While tech savvy users may be able to make these distinction, and most regular users eventually work out the conceptual nuances (subliminally of course), inline scroll areas introduce a lot of needless complexity and mental overhead to the page – before the user has even started interpreting and interacting with its actual contents.
Web Usability Research at Microsoft Corporation
Simplify the virtual “landscape” for users so that spatial information can be easily learned:Designers should not overload pages with choices; as a general rule, five choices per page are sufficient, unless they can be grouped as a single chunk of information. Designers should make all choices in an image map fit in one screen. Directories and table of contents pages must have intuitive and recognizable ways of grouping and organizing entries. If a navigation bar contains both links to places and access to tools, the design must highlight the difference between these button groups. Designers should avoid nested scroll bars, and should especially avoid placing a nested scroll bar next to a major scroll bar. When using scrolling, designers should signal that there is additional content below or to the side.
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