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[whatwg] Status bars and progress indicators

From: Matthew Thomas <mpt@myrealbox.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 16:34:33 +1200
Message-ID: <88F2C374-0B87-11D9-B3A9-000A95AD3972@myrealbox.com>
On 21 Sep, 2004, at 2:23 PM, Afternoon wrote:
> ...
> it is also in the user's interest for the interface to be 
> straightforward and not to add confusion by duplicating controls.

Sure, but that's not quite as important as protecting people from 
having their passwords stolen.

> In addition, the functions performed by certain controls may be 
> totally inappropriate to the current application stage, for example 
> the refresh control becomes a dangerous liability just after a user 
> has submitted their credit card details and placed an order.

Protecting people from such duplicate submissions can be, and is, 
handled by UAs.

> An application should have the flexibility to provide users with the 
> controls they need to operate that application, no more, no less.
> ...

If all Web authors were trustworthy, that would be possible.

-- 
Matthew Thomas
http://mpt.net.nz/
Received on Monday, 20 September 2004 21:34:33 UTC

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