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  • This has long been a thorn in my side. Why does the GUI/UI not do what you'd actually expect, and do something stupid instead. Why when it could take XYZ123 and remove anything that's not a 123, does it instead pop-up an annoying Javscript message to tell you "don't do that".

    Examples of bad UI- and please add more:

    • Eurostar's UK reservations that don't allow for accented letters, or titles other than MR, MISS, MS and MRS
    • Many web forms that want a number in a specific format, but instead of cleaning the input up annoy you with a JavaScript popup - that's can actually get it wrong
    • Web forms that have a strange tab order- the old UK Railtrack timetable did this
    • Forms that don't allow you to paste data in- why?
    • Mystery-meat [] web navigation
    • Forcing a Java or Flash applet to start on the front page, but seeing as you skip onto to content you never actually use it

    Has no one who designs web sites ever checked the W3C XHTML and CSS specifications, and read about usability [] or accessibility []?

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