Software feature

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"Distress Selection" software feature in GIMP

In software, a feature has several definitions.Cite error: The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name (see the help page). 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 piece of software 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.

Sometimes if a piece of software is very feature-rich, that can be seen as a bad thing - see feature creep and software bloat.

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  1. ^ IEEE Std. 829-1998

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