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“Seeing is believing” in software interface should be amended as “seeing is using”. You see a interface control element (a hind of a control), you remember to use that function that element brings. This almost is as basic as it could consider the first pillar of graphic user interface. The graphic user interface was to replace the text command line with an average user found implenarable. The graphic user interface take the necessary daily operation make the visusable and hence reveal itself to the users, as supposed to hidden from them.

However, this is exactly what many interface is doing. The irony is that the limited space really restricted the presentation of UI elements. A flat land total layout of element is as bad as hiding the elements. A good interface is cleverly presenting the elements in a limited space. The statement, hence, is “seeing the clue is using”.

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