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The Importance Of Interface Text (part 1)
Learn to create clear, usable and easily comprehensible text for your application's user interface

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A huge part of your application's success lies in how far it succeeds in making your users feel "I think I know what to do with this thing." And since you are, after all, developing an application around their needs, making sure the flow is built around a process they are already familiar with, it would be easy to assume that they would take to the application naturally.

Easy, but not correct.

Users approach any new tool with trepidation because it is, in essence, a whole new way of working. While you, as a developer, are looking at the application as a compilation of functions that they already know how to perform, the users look at it as a combination of screens that they know nothing about. The only thing that can bridge the gap between what they know and what they see is familiarity, and the easiest medium to make them familiar with the application is via the words they see on the application's user interface. Interface text, in other words.

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