19 December 2006

Filmic errors

Very cute list posted by Jakob Nielsen of some common implausibilities in the representation of computer interfaces in films. I liked the error where the hero inputs a series of passwords, getting feedback 'Access Denied', until finally he (or occasionally she) hits upon the right one, and is informed 'Access Granted'. As Nielsen points out most systems take you straight to your target rather than taking up more time telling you that you now have access (and, as he adds further in his list, these messages are rarely displayed at a large enough size to be visible to anyone any distance from the computer).

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