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IT Trends :: Thursday, June 14, 2007


Forms and Function
By Terry Calhoun

In life, we all encounter redundant, taxing, and seemingly purposeless forms. At your campus, do your forms serve a purpose? When you ask your users for information, is it information that you actually need? Actually use? Or are you wasting your users' time and needlessly causing frustration?...

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