Software feature

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers defines the term feature in IEEE 829 as "A distinguishing characteristic of a software item (e.g., performance, portability, or functionality)." [1]


A system is said to be feature-rich when it has many options and functional capabilities available to the user. Progressive disclosure is a technique applied to reduce the potential confusion caused by displaying a wealth of features at once.

This term is also used in a pejorative fashion where it expresses the view that features are added at the expense of something that's usually considered a basic function.

See also


  1. IEEE Std. 829-1998

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