The popularity of Web
While the introduction of the graphical user
interface revolutionized the user interface, the Web has revolutionized
computing. It allows millions of people scattered across the globe to
communicate, access information, publish, and be heard. It allows people to
control much of the display and the rendering of Web pages.
Web usage has reflected this popularity. The number
of Internet hosts has risen dramatically.
Users have become much more discerning about good
design. Slow download times, confusing navigation, confusing page organization,
disturbing animation, or other undesirable site features often results in user
abandonment of the site for others with a more agreeable interface.