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look and feel

The appearance (look) and interactive style (feel) of software whose uniqueness to a particular platform or application defines the aesthetics and values of that application and how users subjectively respond to it. The look-and-feel is considered the front end of the software, whereas the abstract functionality is the back end. The look-and-feel is often considered to incorporate the copyrightable aspects of the user interface — those aspects not entirely determined by the functional requirements.