Playing it Safe
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Legalese vs. Usability

July 8th, 2005 by Tom Chi :: 21 Comments

Legalese is a strange thing to have in a piece of software. Strange because it fits neither the language of the user nor the language of the developer. Strange because it forces us to agree to baffling clauses for pages at a time before we can start to do the simplest of operations. There is a reason for all this, of course. No company wants to get sued, but a clumsy presentation of legal text can kill the mood faster than nearly any other usability mistake.

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The Best Software Writing I : Joel Spolsky or "Joel on Software" has published a collection of essays into a convenient (and affordable) little book ... and we're in it! Most people who are linking the essays fail to realize of course, it's not the essay he included, it's one of our first comics forever immortalized. - 2 Comments
Eets : While we're on the subject of things Tom and I have been up to, check out Eets, a puzzle game that both Tom and I contributed to. It's just a demo version right now but great fun, especially for those that remember The Incredible Machine or Lemmings ... and yes, there are some usability issues that are being worked on. - 4 Comments

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