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Juan Lanus <[log in to unmask]>
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Juan Lanus <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 11 Oct 2005 21:27:30 -0300
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I was looking at this thread's subject since it started waiting for a
moment to read it.
At start I had a strong idea about the button: useless. And "aagghhh" too.
I wondered why, under what asumptions, the original designer added it
to the HTML toolbox.
It is to me the epitome (there are many) of the what-else-can-we-add
design stance.

Now Mark made it clear:
>The purpose of RESET, and the only legitimate function is to reset
the page to pre-edit values.

Notice the "pre-edit values" part.
It's about a guy who is filling the same form with data lots of times
(and not a couple times a month, as Mark remarks).
It's about a guy who knows what's the button usage.
It's about a form that has many fields, backed by an application that
can guess probable values for many of them.
It's a completely different world, when compared with a "web site."
For example users might be available for training!  As we delve into
the so-called "internet 2" it will become clear.

Marilyn said:
> "RESET" buttons came into this world because they could
Now we could say that reset buttons came into web sites because of
that, fostering the idea that they are absolutely useless.
Yes, it's a a developer's vice to use it because it's there (I'm an
applications developer).
It remainds me of a text-transitions-enabled banner across a very
hight traffic road in my city. Picture yourself waiting for the text
that appears slowly while driving swiftly completely surronded by cars
and trucks galore. You pray to be able to read "Be careful in rainy
days" before the crash.

Juan Lanus

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