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Problems of Unresponsive Applications

Even applications with attractive, intuitive user interfaces can lack responsiveness. Typically, unresponsive applications have at least one the following problems:

  • They provide late feedback--or no feedback--for users' requests, leaving users puzzled about what the application has done or is doing.
  • When performing extended operations, they prevent users from doing other work or canceling the extended operation.
  • They fail to display estimates of how long extended operations will last, forcing users to wait for unpredictable periods.
  • They ignore users' requests while doing unrequested "housekeeping," forcing users to wait at unpredictable times--often without feedback.

Each of these problems can frustrate users and lower their productivity.

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