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8:4 Use Paging Rather Than Scrolling

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8:4 Use Paging Rather Than Scrolling

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Scrolling and Paging


If users' system response times are reasonably fast, use paging rather than scrolling.


Users should be able to move from page to page by selecting links and without having to scroll to find important information.


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