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GUI Design: Don’t Slow Me Down

The most important responsibility of a GUI is to allow users to accomplish what they need. Most users are focused on a specific task and usually would like to complete their tasks as quickly as possible. Logical, timely interruptions certainly have the potential to save users from errors, but often applications interrupt in ways that are just wrong. Examples include either the wrong timing or the wrong question.   BAD TIMING Some months ago I was due on a conference call where multiple persons from international locations planned to use Skype® for the meeting. I was delayed in the hallway for an important conversation as I returned to my office for the meeting, arriving about the time the call was to have started. I didn’t have the application running yet, so I started it … Read entire article »

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