By Jakob Nielsen
In the years because Jakob Nielsens vintage assortment on interface consistency first seemed, a lot has replaced, and lots more and plenty has stayed an analogous. at the one hand, theres been exponential development within the possibilities for following or brushing off the foundations of interface consistency-more pcs, extra purposes, extra clients, and naturally the colossal expanse of the internet. at the different, there are the foundations themselves, as chronic and as necessary as ever.
In those contributed chapters, youll locate information on many tools for looking and implementing consistency, besides bottom-line analyses of its merits and a few warnings approximately its attainable hazards. such a lot of what youll study applies both to and software program improvement, and it all holds actual advantages for either your company and your clients.
* starts off with a brand new preface via the collections special editor.
* info a number of equipment for reaching interface consistency, together with crucial keep an eye on, person definitions, exemplary purposes, shared code, and version analysis.
* offers a cost-benefits research of organizational efforts to advertise and accomplish consistency.
* Examines and appraises the size of consistency-consistency inside of an software, throughout a kin of purposes, and beyond.
* Makes the case for a few unforeseen merits of interface consistency whereas assisting you keep away from the hazards it could possibly occasionally entail.
* Considers the consistency of interface parts except display design.
* contains case reviews of significant firms that experience instituted courses to make sure the consistency in their items.
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Standards can reduce individual creativity. However, adopting a standard "look and feel" in designing user interface software has the following potential benefits: Marketing: Extends the industrial design form definition to provide a more unified corporate appearance across product lines. Ease of use: Improves customer satisfaction and productivity and reduces customer training. Value added: Combines in-house software with OEM products to create systems that appear to be a single product. Service: Reduces support and training services because the user population will be familiar with the basic structure of the user interface.
From this information, m4 macros are defined to parse the information so that it is available to a code generator. The code generator takes this information and extracts what it needs for different parts of the Coordinating Consistency of User Interfaces 41 screen design. The following parts (sub-targets) are generated: declarations Options are represented as variables that have to be declared. titles Forms and menus have prompts based on the names and short descriptions of options. help Online help is extracted from the S user-manual and coordinated with the screen designs.
If a change were made to the design, that change was centralized in templates, and only a regeneration process was necessary. Accuracy. All the data substituted in templates for program code and documentation came from one source, thus insuring the accuracy of the user interface and documentation. Flexibility. By localizing all the IFS specific language in the macro definitions, flexibility was gained. During the IFS/S interface development, IFS itself was under development, and several times the IFS language 42 Gary Perlman changed so that the whole system was corrupted.
Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency by Jakob Nielsen