Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Simple UX plea

Dear UX designers,

If I'm not authorized to perform a specific function in the application, please show me a grayed-out button or disabled select list, rather than not showing anything to me.

This way, I know that I'm not authorized, and I won't waste hours scanning the application looking in other corners of your app for the functionality you have simply hidden.

Thanks.

1 comment:

Michael Long said...

This is a very well known usability heuristic that all software designers should follow. Also, typically, the elements requiring authorization should be grouped with other authorization required operations.