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  • Default buttons, focus stealing applications, and User Interface Continuations

    Posted on January 2nd, 2004 Alan No comments

    Start reading the thread for “Default buttons, focus stealing applications, and User Interface Continuations.”
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    There are a lot of good points. I just want to comment on the paper (PDF) Richard linked to about UI Continuations. We just have to remember that often, perceived UI “improvements” sometimes comes with a price and the price I see is complexity. The example sited of a person wanting to lookup multiple e-mail addresses at once and the desire to maintain multiple name-browsing contexts begins to make get muddled in my mind. I’m not even sure I can describe the point sufficiently using words alone. I don’t see a novice user benefiting from this “improvement”. Some will always prefer a single-task wizard-like approach.

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