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User interfaces: hiding stuff should be a last resort

Many of the components we design for the web are made to save space. It’s interesting that we work so hard to save space on a medium where we have infinite space to work with.

Of course, I’m partly speaking in jest here. A heavy page can take a long time to load and cause assistive technology to respond slowly or even crash—so be careful with that.

But instead of doing the hard work to cut the content to its irreducible core, or simply showing it, we find innovative ways to cram more stuff into one screen, often at the

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