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Fixing Bad UX Designs by Lisandra Maioli

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The functional value of microtexts

In addition to explaining an action (registering), a microtext can be used to guide the user in performing a task (your password must be at least six characters long) or give feedback on an action they performed that was created successfully.

It is also possible to use microtexts to anticipate needs, wants, or concerns that the user will have when performing a particular task.

In his most recent book, Dan Saffer addresses the subject of microcopy and gives some useful tips when writing such types of text:

  • Avoid very vague stock names such as Submit. What happens after the user Sends the form data?
  • Is instruction text absolutely necessary? You do not need to add a Please login above a login form.
  • When the ...

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