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Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action by Robert Hoekman Jr.

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Chapter 20. Editing

Back in Chapter 3, I talked about redesigning the navigation for a Web site builder application. In this chapter, I want to talk about another issue in the same application—the editing functionality, which needed a lot more work than a few tweaks to menus.

See, this application suffered from a bad case of featuritis. In scientific terms, featuritis is a disease of poor usability caused by the inclusion of far too many features in an application. (OK, so it’s not exactly scientific.)

In this case, the boatload of features that had been crammed into the application were making for an unwieldy user experience. And the editing functionality—the most essential and most often used functionality in the application—suffered greatly as ...

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