Windows XP App interface specifications

1 Jul 2004 - 12:24pm
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Chad Jennings
2004

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.

The Design Specifications and Guidelines available through the MSDN do
not appear to be updated to XP:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwue/
html/part3.asp

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwue/
html/ch14c.asp

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?

Thanks,

Chad Jennings

chad at frameinteraction.com
chad at smartdesignusa.com

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1 Jul 2004 - 12:31pm
Marcin Wichary
2004

: 1. Is anyone aware of updated XP interface guidelines?

The only Windows XP guidelines I know of are here:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/windowsxp/downloads/default.mspx

but they cover only certain visual aspects of interface design.

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1 Jul 2004 - 1:08pm
Greg Petroff
2004

Visio 2003 Pro has most of the windows xp widgets as shapes that can be
dragged and droped into a mock up. The nice thing about them is they can
be stretched and scaled properly just by dragging them and things like
sliders have parts you can slide.

Very usefull for mocking up a ui. One interesting thing is that in older
versions of visio the windows 2000 shapes could be exploded and modified.
It appears that the xp shapes can not be.

Greg

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1 Jul 2004 - 9:26pm
pabini
2004

Marcin Wichary wrote: The only Windows XP guidelines I know of are here:
> http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/windowsxp/downloads/default.mspx
>
> but they cover only certain visual aspects of interface design.

After an exhaustive search of MSDN, those are the only actual XP guidelines
I've been able to find, though there is a bit more information on the
following pages--including a lot of images:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwxp/html/xpvisualstyles.asp

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/msdnmag/issues/01/11/xpshell/toc.asp

Pabini
________________________________________

Pabini Gabriel-Petit
Principal & User Experience Architect
Spirit Softworks
www.spiritsoftworks.com

2 Jul 2004 - 10:19am
Chad Jennings
2004

Good suggestion. Can Visio 2003 libraries be exported to other vector
based programs such as Illustrator or Omnigraffle?

On Jul 1, 2004, at 11:08 AM, Greg Petroff wrote:

> Visio 2003 Pro has most of the windows xp widgets as shapes that can be
> dragged and droped into a mock up. The nice thing about them is they
> can
> be stretched and scaled properly just by dragging them and things like
> sliders have parts you can slide.
>
> Very usefull for mocking up a ui. One interesting thing is that in
> older
> versions of visio the windows 2000 shapes could be exploded and
> modified.
> It appears that the xp shapes can not be.
>
>
> Greg
>
> Gregory Petroff
> desk 212 383 4092
> mobile 646 387 2841
>
>
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6 Jul 2004 - 10:54am
Greg Petroff
2004

Re the visio questions:

visio 2003 files can be exported as svg, autocad dwg and dxf. I know that
Illustrator can read svg and dxf files with some issues on how lines are
represented (in dxf, curved surfaces are lines and not an algoryhtem). Not
sure if the visio "shapes" translates to "blocks" in Autocad or as nested
elements in illustrator through however allowing you to tansfer the shapes
references to another program.

My experience has been that the files become just vectors only.

Greg

Gregory Petroff
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mobile 646 387 2841

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Good suggestion. Can Visio 2003 libraries be exported to other vector
based programs such as Illustrator or Omnigraffle?

On Jul 1, 2004, at 11:08 AM, Greg Petroff wrote:

> Visio 2003 Pro has most of the windows xp widgets as shapes that can be
> dragged and droped into a mock up. The nice thing about them is they
> can
> be stretched and scaled properly just by dragging them and things like
> sliders have parts you can slide.
>
> Very usefull for mocking up a ui. One interesting thing is that in
> older
> versions of visio the windows 2000 shapes could be exploded and
> modified.
> It appears that the xp shapes can not be.
>
>
> Greg
>
> Gregory Petroff
> desk 212 383 4092
> mobile 646 387 2841
>
>
>
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