Highlighting Gone Bad

The problem: I search for keywords in a help system, in this case, Macromedia Flash 8. Obviously, the search terms appear quite often on this result page.

Suggestion: Divide the intensity of the highlight color by the frequency of the term in that document. If the term appears once or twice, make it really bright. If it’s 5% of the words on-screen, there’s probably no need to highlight it at all.

Raymond Brigleb

Creative Director, dreamer, partner, father, musician, photographer. Has been known to ride the rails. Pulls one heck of a shot.