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Software development community beliefs addressed.

Some of the myths that are more common in web development:
  • User interface guidelines solve the problem of distributed design
  • Prototypes replace the need for specs: Or, sometimes, the released web site is the spec
  • Innovative design is better design: Different is better (more fun) in the designer's eyes, but different is often worse from the users' view
  • Good user interface developers can both design and code the user interface: The old "webmaster does it all" syndrome
  • User feedback speaks for itself; it does not require interpretation
  • The Web eliminates the need for interaction design or user feedback skills: Just because building pages and getting feedback is easier on the web, that does not mean special skills and attention are no longer needed

Added/Updated: April 17, 2001

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