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Wizards and Guides: Principles of Task Flow for Web Applications Part 2 (25 Feb 2004)
Wizards are not simply chains of dialog boxes strung together to make life easier for the user. Rather, they are a particular interface pattern for expressing a precise and rigid procedure that has to unfold in a known and specific sequence. Although wizards can contain any number of required or optional steps, that does not mean users can randomly navigate between those steps.
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