Monday, February 13, 2006

The Future of Task Panes

Making the Task Pane in Office 12 more usabile ...

"As I've mentioned before, Task Panes made their first appearance on the scene in March 2001, in Office XP. If you want to get the background on Task Panes, why they were added, and their role in modern Office UI, read this article or, better yet, the entire "Why the UI" series.

Because of our oft-stated design mantra "everything's in the Ribbon" some people have speculated that Task Panes are not a part of Office 12. This is not precisely true, although the content of many Task Panes have moved to the Ribbon and the role of Task Panes in the product has become more focused. There are many fewer of them, and the few which are left are more consistent in their behavior and reason for existing. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

First, let's talk about the mechanics of the Task Pane as it existed in previous versions. The Office XP/2003 UI includes a single, full-height pane docked to the right side of the window. This single pane could show one Task Pane at a time, and you could switch between the available ones using a dropdown menu at the top of the pane."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Task Pane. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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