A really good article on software usability
andy at warmcat.com
Fri Jan 5 15:21:19 UTC 2007
Anne Wilson wrote:
>> Yes, that's the point. For a lot of things, software should work
>> like an appliance. If the thing that needs to be done can be
>> predicted, just do it without offering any choices.
> <scream.......> Where have I seen that idea? Oh yes, in systems that I won't
Well, you use lightswitches presumably. It is a good idea, but only if
the device is understood to do one simple thing you can explain to
someone that never saw it before in a handful of words. If what it does
is inherently complex, don't try shoehorn it into lightswitch semantics
(ye height-challenged people are you listening).
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