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Don’t “Click here”

There are millions of things one can do wrong with a Web site. There’s invalid markup, blatant spelling errors, horribly distracting animations, senseless navigation, the overuse of objects that require plug-ins like Flash or Java applets, the use of proprietary, client-specific technology, over-design, under-design, and illegibility, to name a few. All of these things bug me as much as any other developer who’s paying attention. But there’s one particular thing that gets under me on a deeper level, probably because so many site producers who actually care about their users succeed at avoiding those pitfalls but often fall into this one, which is just as much a disservice to the user and the Web at large as the others: using the words “click here” in a text link.