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Providing Predictable Targets

April 12, 2013

Three principles form a foundation to the graphical user interface: Discoverability, Stability, and Visibility. They stand in stark contrast to MS-DOS and the earlier generation of interfaces, and their presence swept all of those others away. All three principles were so ingrained in the culture, so absolutely inviolate, that I eventually dropped all of them entirely from my list of core principles as no longer necessary to mention. (I also don’t mention the need to breathe. Some things you just figure people know.) I eventually started talking about Visibility again, but only in regards to the web, where navigation is inherently invisible. Read Bruce Tognazzini's full article at askTog