Use tabs to alternate between views within the same context and make them shine

The Norman Nielsen Group states that tabs may seem like a humble and uninteresting aspect of graphical user-interface design. But, as it turns out, there are many specific design challenges in creating tabs that work well, are easy to use, and support an empowering user experience.

Tabs have no value in themselves, but they shine (in terms of meeting UX and business goals) when they don’t draw attention to themselves but facilitate access to the content.

We agree, but as UX designers we wonder  where the line is. On which side of the line does this UXD go?  

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