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Usability: Lighten the “Cognitive Load”

Posted on 24 May 2003 by Demian Turner

Quite often you’re browsing through someone’s latest web app and you have no idea what you’re supposed to click on.  Whether it’s obscure, unlabed icons,  heavy "cognitive load and visual clutter" or seemingly illogical grouping of tasks, it’s obvious that adhering to good usability standards is of paramount importance.

As usual I’m stealing stories from PHPeverywhere mainly because John has good taste but also because I want a permanent, searchable link to quality content at PHPkitchen.

So for some good usability guidelines check out  Views and Forms: Principles of Task Flow for Web Applications Part 1PHPseagull, the app framework released this week at PHPkitchen, will probably serve as a sounding board for some of the suggestions mentioned 😉  Thanks for all the feedback/suggestions so far, keep ’em coming.

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