No one can question the greatness or the popularity of YouTube, however today, where usability has become a mandatory, and where small details are what makes the big names special, I wonder how come YouTube has not yet overcome their TAB button problem.
I keep falling in the same mistake when I search on YouTube, typing my search string and then hitting TAB on the keyboard followed by a quick enter, resulting in nothing happening…just the homepage reloading again and me having to type my search string again.
For some weird reason, when you click TAB, the cursor jumps from the search box to the YouTube logo instead of the search button, so when you click enter you simply reload the homepage (just like clicking on the logo).
Ever since Google acquired YouTube, lots of amazing stuff were added, like the fancy AJAX video boxes, switching to full screen mode without reloading the video, toggling the view of the page when viewing related videos or other videos from the same user….but no one of the folks there noticed the TAB button problem?
I hope someone from there visit Mazenville and find out about it in case they still have not..
It is worth mentioning though that all other the Google sites utilize the tab button wonderfully, not to mention MSN and Yahoo! and AOL as well.