https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petekawu

Serious usability issue with the new navigation menu (desktop version)

Despite my dissatisfaction with the current changes to Duolingo's interface, I was doing my best to maintain a stoic attitude about them and simply proceed with my learning.

However, today I noticed that the top navigation menu on the desktop version of the site has been re-designed in a manner that I have to report as a serious usability and accessibility issue. To put it simply, the links in said menu do not work as normal HTML links should do. I'm not able to middle-click them to open them in a new tab, as every middle-click is interpreted as a normal left-button click, leading to loading the link in the current tab. I cannot even open them in new tabs using a workaround involving right-clicking them and selecting "Open in a new tab" from a contextual menu. Moreover, highlighting those links doesn't preview their URI (normally at the bottom of the browser window), which poses a security issue (the users should be able to know in advance where their click would lead them to). Hyperlinks are one of the basic building blocks of websites and should work in a uniform way across the web. Please do not replace them with some dubious JavaScript inventions.

(I'm using Firefox 66.0.3 on Windows 10.)

April 27, 2019

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/W-Ruggles-Wolfe

Good catch. Something had been feeling really 'off' about the new nav bar, but I hadn't spent the time figuring it out. Thanks for putting it into words and raising the issue.

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petekawu

As of now, the issue appears to be fixed. Thanks to the Duolingo team - it's much appreciated!

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

UPDATE:

Duolingo has updated the code for that top bar.

You can now right-click on most of those links and open them in an separate tab.

I'm using Chrome on a PC running Windows 10.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonWilson44

report. bug

April 27, 2019
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