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mine-sweeping, minesweeping

Minesweeping is a euphemism for a user’s response to an interface where there is insufficient differentiation between active, ‘clickable’ elements (such as navigation), and content. Without appropriate visual cues, the user must ‘scrub’ the screen to ‘unearth’ active elements.

Visual cues that differentiate active elements include;

Related terms: GUI, interface, perceived affordance


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