Just because there’s room on the dialog box, doesn’t mean you have to put something there. The Java installer starts off with a dialog box that manages to repeat the word Java six times without really telling you what it is, just that it’s “everywhere.”
People don’t like to read. If you can’t think of anything to say, maybe you should just shut up. This whole damn dialog could read
Java Loves You—Please Wait
without any loss in functionality.
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