Stopping The Proceedings With Idiocy

In his book About Face, Alan Cooper rails against the sin of stopping the proceedings with idocy. This is when you force the user to stop whatever they’re doing to get rid of a dialog box.

Alan Cooper argues that there is rarely, if ever, a need for a dialog box. Sometimes this is very difficult to do without lot of work. Other times, it’s very easy. For example:

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Of course it’s deleted, i just deleted it. The cursor changed to an hourglass for an instant, and then the supplier disappeared from the list. Don’t stop me telling me the obvious, or to put it another way:

 Don’t stop the proceedings with idocy.

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