Monday, January 30, 2006

A Separate Piece

On visual seperation of menu items...

"I'm not sure when menu separators were invented. They could well have been dreamed up at Xerox PARC in the 1970s, although I can't find any definitive evidence of it. Apple included them in the design of the Lisa user interface; below you can see an example of menu separators looking pretty much as they do today in the Edit menu of LisaDraw, circa 1982.

In common practice, a menu separator is used to break a menu into discrete chunks of related functionality. Usually drawn as a simple etched line, separators are thought to make menus easier to browse.

In Office 12, the Ribbon hosts controls which drop down menus. And many times we do still use plain old lines to separate sections in menus, just as designers did in 1982."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Visual break-up of menu items- User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Visual break-up of menu items


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