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12 Jan 2004 - 11:55pm
liam friedland



The Windows User Experience Guide has a section on Wizard design. It covers
general guidelines and is structured at a high level.

If you want to get a sense of wizards for complex tasks in action, take a look
at MS SQL Server. There you'll find wizards for things like indexing tables,
and synchronizing database servers. MS Access also used to have some decent
wizard designs for table creation, etc., but these were much simpler than

12 Jan 2004 - 9:08pm

Table data entry, dialog win, and widget focus;

If I have a dialog box, with a multi-column table in
it, where the user can enter data directly into each
column, then...

the tab key should move the user from column to the
next column, and maybe, wrapped around, and Enter key
should go to the next row etc. (like a spreadsheet).

However, when the user is done entering, a "natural"
instinct after using the keyboard to do data entry, is
to press Tab to hop to the OK button, and press Enter,
instead of using the mouse.

What is a conventional alternative to saying "OK" in
the dialog via keyboard?


12 Jan 2004 - 9:02pm
10 years ago
15 replies

OK/Cancel buttons: no mnemonic; why?

There is an MS User Experience guideline that
OK/Cancel buttons should not have mnemonics. Would
you know why? Is it to prevent accidents? Seems
rather conservative, given that pressing (Alt+O) or
(Alt+C) couldn't easily be pressed accidentally.


12 Jan 2004 - 7:38pm

Status Bar display (was: Links to new windows)

Ben, I feel your pain!

Look at this thread for a possible solution:
<> (though it did not
work for me...)

I see the disappearing-status-bar issue as one of the greater annoyances in
winXP/IE6 . I have learned to depend on the status bar both in IE and File

12 Jan 2004 - 6:49pm
Seth Nickell

IxD job @ Red Hat in Westford, MA

We're looking for an interaction designer to work on the Red Hat/Linux
desktop & applications. Location is Westford, MA (~40 minutes NW of
Cambridge). The official job blurb is attached.

My personal sell: its an awesome opportunity for somebody who wants to
shape the OS environment, not "just" a specific program. The position is
best suited to somebody who enjoys working on a different thing each
week and isn't tied to a particular method but is willing to do what it
takes to provide a top notch user experience.

12 Jan 2004 - 3:34pm
James Jarrett

getting your discussion list password

If you go to this link:

You can manage your subscription, including having your password sent to you (you need to know what e-mail you are subscribed to). Once you have the e-mail address and password, you can get to the archives from the above link as well.

Apologies for the horrendous user interface of MailMan (the list manager), but it's free and provides the mechanisms we need.

12 Jan 2004 - 2:51pm
10 years ago
1 reply
ben hyde

discussion archives, the lack of

Just a thought - but why isn't the archive of messages available for this list? Rather than me having to keep them all in my mailbox so I can refer back to something written previously, surely it would be easier to have an archive - even if it is only available to subscribers. Maybe this is to avoid spammers?

11 Jan 2004 - 11:54pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Jerry John

design guidelines for a wizard

hi my name is jerry and i'm a student at National Institute of Design, India
doing a course in New Media.

I'm into my internship. I have been assigned a task to design wizards for a
complex fire wall application - i know the basics,

Look at the exsisting tadk flow - smplifiy it, map the process, and the
designing the wizard - well that the point- how do you design the wizard,
what should it do, what should it say ...

Pls get back to me -

10 Jan 2004 - 9:01pm
Pete Gordon - U...

Complexity is Headline News

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9 Jan 2004 - 4:06pm
10 years ago
18 replies
Jim Hoekema

Links to new windows

It always bothers me when links on a website lead to a new window when I'm
not expecting, especially when they open a PDF. For that matter, it bothers
me when I do expect a new window and it doesn't happen (an external site).

It seems to me this is an area where the web could use a new convention, so
that users would better understand the consequences of an interaction before
taking it.

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