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Deconstructing Web Applications (11 Aug 2005)
I have a background in desktop-application design, so when I first started working on web applications I applied much of that knowledge to design for the web. Although the methodologies are similar, the web platform is substantially different from a traditional desktop application and it calls for different building blocks, different design elements, and different considerations.

A good example is paging—the controls for displaying more elements than appear on a single page. Desktop applications show lists of stuff all the time, but they never page through those lists. And there are about 12 different ways to do paging in web applications. And anyone who has worked on a paging design can tell you that there are all sorts of subtle and tricky usability issues that arise.
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