Confirmation Dialogs Can Prevent User Errors (If Not Overused)

There is admittedly a tension between guidelines #1 and #2: you want to warn against serious consequences, but you don’t want to warn so often that the warning is overlooked and the answer becomes an automated behavior. The solution is to conduct a task analysis to determine the severity of

Confirmation Dialogs Can Prevent User Errors (If Not Overused)
What the Erroneous Hawaiian Missile Alert Can Teach Us About Error Prevention

Could a more intrusive type of confirmation for a live alert have helped? Perhaps it could have required users to reenter their passwords — not for added security against intruders, but to make it clear to users that they were about to do something unusual with serious consequences. Many banks

What the Erroneous Hawaiian Missile Alert Can Teach Us About Error Prevention
Wizards: Definition and Design Recommendations

Wizards are a powerful design pattern that can be used to simplify complex processes performed infrequently or by novice users. By showing less information at a time, they allow users to focus better on the content pertinent to each step and decrease the chance of errors. When they include

Wizards: Definition and Design Recommendations
Dashboards: Making Charts and Graphs Easier to Understand

The term “dashboard” is a metaphor for a car dashboard, which provides essential information that the driver can absorb quickly, without having to think. Thus, dashboards are not intended as expansive views of complex data: Their goal is not to facilitate exploration; instead, they provide

Dashboards: Making Charts and Graphs Easier to Understand
Sliders, Knobs, and Matrices: Balancing Exploration and Precision

The iOS screen-brightness slider is not used to select a precise luminance value, but to acquire a relative, approximate brightness value: most often, users attempt to make the screen brighter (or dimmer) than it is currently. Critical to the usability of this control is that the system responds

Sliders, Knobs, and Matrices: Balancing Exploration and Precision



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