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Put the answer in context - it may be printed

Always remember that your web appllication user is likely to print out the final page and keep it. And it will be pretty useless to him if it doesn't contain certain information - information such as the inputs he made in order to produce the page.

Q: At what time on 7th December do .... trains leave Melksham for Swindon, after 5 p.m.

A: 17:02 and 21:33

But don't just output the two times. Restate the question in the answer, even adding in extra confirmatory gems: "Trains for Swindon leave Melksham (after 17:00) leave at 17:02 and 21:33 on Thursday, 7th December".

There are excpetions - people would get rather unhappy with you if you echoed their password of their credit card details, though they will be thankful for the last 4 digits of their card number so that they can recall, later, which card it was that they used.
(written 2006-09-08)

 
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  [288] Colour blindness for web developers - (2005-04-22)
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