We are designing a Windows XP application which will be built using the
.Net framework. The visual design of the interface components
(buttons, tabs, form controls, tables) will be defined by the the
Windows XP styles. However, we are trying to track down user interface
guidelines which include standard pixel measurements, font usage,
component inventories for Windows XP without much luck.
1. Is anyone aware of updated XP interface guidelines?
2. In your experience, is it common or realistic to expect Microsoft
(Palm, Adobe, Apple, HP, any other product company for that matter) to
supply prebuilt interface objects as layered photoshop files to 3rd
party venders for use in mock-ups and presentation of designs? For
instance, does everyone begin by taking screen grabs of the
applications and backward design layered graphics?