many times have you seen modal windows that cover the whole area of
your browser window with a semi transparent layer? Probably lots of
times…actually modal windows are very important they work as an
interrupter on a way of the user with some required action.
windows are intended to grab user’s full attention. People may not
recognize that a modal window requires their attention, leading to
confusion about the main window being non-responsive, or causing loss
of the user’s data input intended for the main window.
I’m an average Internet user, I use Google to find info I need. So
I googled the phrase “the funniest cats”, I’m offered about
I hit one of those links, website page opens and what I see is a
blackout…the modal window appears and makes me do actions I don’t
want to fulfill…anger
actions may include either subscription to a newsletter or social
media sharing. And here comes that very moment when devs divide into
two groups: first
skipping this window (by pressing Esc or the cross), the second group
makes the action in the modal window obligatory, and that’s
I accidentally came across some website through search results. I’m
not yet sure if this website is useful for me, so why should I
subscribe and allow this resource access my info in the social
network? There are two options:
I can grant access to my info, browse this website, in case it will
be of no use for me I’ll have to disallow it via the setting in
I’ll close this website and will never visit it again because of
this damned window…outburst
of rage extinguished
what exactly interface designers think about modal windows? A
modal window forces users to complete the action before going back to
the browser window. This makes users more productive because they’re
doing one action at a time instead of multi-tasking. Users are less
likely to get confused and lost in their workflow because of the
control and constraint modal windows have.
right. Forcing someone do something is a lost cause…this is why
offering alternative options is really important for every user.
how to do it right without irritating any of your visitors?
make the required action in the window optional…
the Close button
these were just three anger triggers from others possible. If you had
any experience creating or you’ve seen some examples of modal
windows that enraged you with their meddlesomeness use the comments
below to describe your feelings.