Tog says....

10 Nov 2004 - 2:48am
9 years ago
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sudhindra
2004

Hi All,

In "First principles of Interaction Design" article on asktog.com, Tog says
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" Wrong:

Insert page break
Add Footnote
Update Table of Contents
Right:

Insert:

Page break
Footnote
Table of contents
Here, the first example, with its leading words, is actually more
informative and more accurate: one does not "insert" a footnote if it is to
be placed after all the other footnotes. And one does not insert a table of
contents if there is already a table of contents there. Instead, one updates
it. Still, the second example will prove much more efficient in time-trials.
Why? Because the extra information the first example offers does not
outweigh the advantage of being able to scan only the first word in each
menu item to find the specific menu item you are after."

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Do you all agree with what he says? I feel, particularly in the example of
"Insert > Table of contents", will the user not get confused ? Will he
understand that the Table of contents in the insert menu is actually for
updating also?? Any views on this?? Also would this not be an issue when
considering the overall application confusing the user with Insert and
Update??

Just penning my thoughts.... Any views??

The full article is here http://www.asktog.com/basics/firstPrinciples.html
<http://www.asktog.com/basics/firstPrinciples.html>

Best Regards

Sudhindra
Software Engineer
SBS/GUI Team EGC,
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Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 2133917
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Comments

10 Nov 2004 - 3:04am
Listera
2004

Sudhindra Venkatesha Murthy:

> Do you all agree with what he says?

Well, you can begin by questioning the assertion "Still, the second example
will prove much more efficient in time-trials" in *this* context.

Sure, scanning may be faster but, as always, context matters and usually
trumps other considerations. What exactly does "more efficient" mean in the
case of three items? If it's 1/18th seconds faster, do you even waste more
than a second worrying about it?

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

10 Nov 2004 - 8:38am
Elizabeth Buie
2004

Ziya wrote:

>If it's 1/18th seconds faster, do you even waste more
>than a second worrying about it?

You might well, if there are zillions of people doing it mega-times a day.

(The exact values of "zillions" and "mega" will depend on your individual
situation.)

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth Buie
Computer Sciences Corporation
Rockville, Maryland, USA
+1.301.921.3326

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10 Nov 2004 - 2:16pm
Listera
2004

Elizabeth Buie:

> You might well, if there are zillions of people doing it mega-times a day.
>
> (The exact values of "zillions" and "mega" will depend on your individual
> situation.)

Quite. It's the context, not a blind "rule" that should determine the
solution.

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

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