Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Universal Principles of Design: Cost-Benefit

"An activity will be pursued only if its benefits are equal to or greater than the costs".
If a function can be performed in 2 s in ArcView, QGis, Udig or Mapinfo and it takes 20 s in a web maping applications, the web maping applications will for sure not be used.
The important thing is to evaluate the ratio Cost-Benefit and not only the cost or the benefit. Typically, a complex wizard can be proposed if the benefit for the user is very high. But, if the benefit is low, than the wizard will simply be ignored.
Source: "Universal Principles of Design" from Lidwell, Holden and Butler

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