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Design: Writing User-Interface Text

UXmatters has published 9 articles on the topic Writing User-Interface Text.

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  1. How to Create Good Error Messages

    Mobile Matters

    Designing for every screen

    A column by Steven Hoober
    May 14, 2018

    In this column, instead of talking about one of my usual topics—tactics to avoid errors—I’ll discuss how to work within constraints and pragmatically address real-world issues. During the software-development process, your team may ask you to design an error message. Annoying edge cases all too often pop up—usually too late in the process to fix the issue in any other way.

    For starters, I never write what I’d call error messages. Admittedly, I occasionally use that term—in the same way I might use words such as sitemap—just at the beginning of a conversation to orient everyone to my process. Just as I did in the title of this column. But I then switch to a more meaningful term and get everyone to talk about exception messages. Read More

  2. Error Messages Are an Anti-Pattern

    Mobile Matters

    Designing for every screen

    A column by Steven Hoober
    November 9, 2015

    Since I wrote my article “Mobile Inline Form Validation” for UXmatters back in 2012, I have very rarely used any of those patterns in my own work. Recently, when I created a pattern library for mobile applications for a big, multinational, corporate client, I didn’t include any of those tips. Since the publication of that article, I have identified and begun to follow a few principles that are I hope more user centric.

    Don’t See Users As the Source of Errors

    If you design systems, you are familiar with constraints. For example, it is hard to add new fields to a database; mobile networks sometimes provide poor connectivity or have slow performance or high latency. Typically, system design takes such constraints—and, of course, costs—into account in determining what a team can build. Read More

  3. Using Verbs As Nouns in User Interfaces | UX Roles in Organizations

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    A column by Janet M. Six
    May 11, 2009

    We discuss two topics in this column:

    Ask UXmatters is here to answer your questions about user experience matters. If you want to read our experts’ responses to your questions in an upcoming edition of Ask UXmatters, please send your questions to: [email protected]. Read More

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