Friday, March 26, 2010

"Compose" and "Edit" modes: what will end users think these terms mean

Yesterday, I discussed the change in Blogger, and now have gotten it to work with the new panels. But there’s something interesting: If you go to “create post” you may wind up in Edit mode if that’s where you were before.

“Compose” mode sounds like it was intended for original key entry of text. But you can copy from Word into it – but Blogger, or Vista, will ask for permission.

The “moral of the story” is reserved for systems analysts. When designing user-interfaces, the terminology chosen may make the end user believe some other purpose is intended, and a user may think that a product or a change is not working properly when actually it is.

Bear this in mind for interviews.

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