Jack Bellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Improving user interface design through simple communication
improvements and lessons learned repeatedly in computerdom. Bellis' Law:
"For every computer problem, even many hardware problems, there is
a simple solution to the user interface." More...
Articles by Date
All of our past diatribes, rants, and expostulations
Before & After
Specific articles showing interface problems and specific solutions
Computer User's Bill of Rights (Text Below)
- You shouldn't have
to read a manual, certainly not a huge one.
- You should be able to do things/ out of
order without being penalized.
- You should be able to make mistakes without
being terminated, executed, canceled, re-booted, or erased.
- You should be able to understand why the
program does what it does.
- You expect that all of what you type into
the computer is saved, by default.
- You expect to be forewarned when any work
is over-written, undone, or erased.
- You expect to have most of your work retained
after the power is interrupted.
- You should be able to accomplish every
task and entry with the fewest possible keystrokes.