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Websoyte UI elements make no sense

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寮、 2022/06/11 — blog, technology, internet, webdev

Websoyte UI elements make no sense

The “back” button to replace the back button

There’s always a “back” button embedded into the webpage, even though every single browser ever made has its own “back” button already.
This is perfectly fine if it’s something like “go from the details page to the overview page”, but often times the reason it’s there is because soydevs do everything in their power to break the browser’s back button.

The “copy” button to replace CTRL+C

Another useless UI element is the copy button.
Every PC OS with the exception of macOS has a “CTRL + C” hotkey, because in macOS it’s “CMD + C”.
And with the exception of iPhone OS 2.0 and earlier (Crapple themselves called iOS like that back in the day!), every single smartphone OS has a built in “tap and hold text on the screen to select and then copy that shit” feature, even Phosh and Plasma Mobile can do this!

But apparently, a dedicated “copy” button is needed, which can eventually be abused to do malicious things, because Javascript.

The “share” button to replace URL sharing

Another pointless button has to be the “share” button.
How difficult is it to simply copy and paste the URL of the current page!?

Predictions?

What’s next?
Make a “right click menu” button?
Make a button that will click the hyperlink right next to it for you?

Consequences

If we continue on like that, someday we will find ourselves in a situation when trends change and all these useless buttons disappear, and the normies will have no idea how the hell they have to copy text, share a URL with their friends, or go back in the browsing history.

And the freaky part about it is, the first 2 of those is already happening, when I asked my grandma (who’s using an iPad, because of course) to share me the website she was viewing, she told me “How am I supposed to do that!? There’s not even a share button on that page!!”, or my mother complaining that she can’t copy the URL of a webpage to XMPP, because she only knows how to do so to LINE.