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clearly marked exits

a principle that users should be able to easily cancel or undo an undesirable operation; essentially the principle of reversibility or forgiveness. Examples include:

  • a Cancel button in dialog boxes
  • an Undo command
  • the ability to terminate an ongoing operation with a Cancel/Stop button or a keyboard combination such as Control-C or Command-period
  • clear navigation on a web page to return to a previous page or a home page