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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Undo as a Standard Feature

Why isn’t undo a standard feature in every user interface? I can’t speak for the rest of the human race, but I know I’ve made my fair share of mistakes selecting “Okay” on those annoying pop ups. It’s entirely automatic; you see a pop up, you skim it and hit okay, only pausing to think about what it said after it’s too late. As Aza Raskin says in the A List Apart article Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo, people form habits of simply clicking okay without pausing to think about the consequences, and there’s no good way to force them to stop and think. Because of that, providing the ability to undo a possibly dangerous action is just as important (if not more so) than warning users of the danger in the first place. Why not take them time to add the undo and make the application a little more user friendly?

posted by Zach at 2:30 am  

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