Dont make people wonder if the bullets have more meaning than they do

I had to spend a few minutes deciding that the abcteach site in Figure 9-12 is using colors randomly.

If you use pictures as bullets, make sure that people can easily see and instantly understand the picture.

People should not have to stop and think about bullets.

Chapter 11 is all about guidelines for pictures.

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Figure 9-12 Interesting and different bullets can be a great addition to a site, but not if they make people spend time trying to find meaning for the differences. Also, this page may set up incorrect expectations. The pages beyond this home page are much more serious than this page of colored stars as bullets indicates. www.abcteach.com

I wondered at first whether the colors of the stars or the links had specific meaning. Did all the green stars lead to similar types of pages? Did the yellow stars match the yellow apple at the top?

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