Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Top Guidelines Violations

Common violations of the Microsoft Windows Vista UX...

"This article summarizes the most common violations of the Microsoft® Windows Vista ™ User Experience Guidelines, and offers guidelines for avoiding these violations. Most of these violations relate to changes in Windows Vista, resulting either from new features or new ways of considering existing features. Several of these violations aren ’t new to Windows Vista, but the guidelines were either missing, misunderstood, or not observed properly by Windows-based programs.

If you haven ’t done so already, start by reading the Top Rules for the Windows Vista User Experience. That article summarizes the rules that the Windows Vista Design team suggests you follow to create high-quality, consistent Windows Vista UIs. After that, use this list of top guidelines violations and subsequent recommendations as a “cheat sheet ” to get you up to speed on the UX Guide.

Controls
For all controls, select the safest (to prevent loss of data or system access), most secure value by default. If safety and security aren ’t factors, select the most likely or convenient value. For more information, see the specific control guidelines.
Command buttons
Use sentence-style capitalization. Doing so is more appropriate for Windows Vista tone and the use of short phrases for command buttons.
Exception: For legacy applications, you may use title-style capitalization if necessary to avoid mixing capitalization styles.
Indicate that additional information is needed by adding an ellipsis at the end of the button label. Don ’t use an ellipsis whenever an action displays another window —only when additional information is required to perform the action. Consequently, any command button whose implied verb is to show another window doesn ’t take an ellipsis, such as Advanced, Help, Options, Properties, or Settings.
For more information, see Command Buttons."   continued ...   (Via MSDN)



Incorrect placement of 'OK' button - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Incorrect placement of 'OK' button

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