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GUI Design: Error Messages

I’ve blogged about error messages before. The basic rules for error messages are the same as for everything else in a GUI. Remember that users are simply trying to get something done, so don’t slow them down in any way unless it’s absolutely necessary. Error messages may be necessary on occasion, but designers and developers should always start with these two goals in mind: Remove the need for an error message whenever possible by not allowing users to make the mistake in the first place. Make each message clear and as easy to resolve as possible. (This includes keeping the message visible while it is being resolved and not requiring anything like a mouse click to dismiss the message.) Thinking carefully about these goals should result in a design that will be much … Read entire article »

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