By Jakob Nielsen
In the years on the grounds that Jakob Nielsens vintage assortment on interface consistency first seemed, a lot has replaced, and masses has stayed an analogous. at the one hand, theres been exponential development within the possibilities for following or brushing off the rules of interface consistency-more desktops, extra purposes, extra clients, and naturally the gigantic expanse of the net. at the different, there are the rules themselves, as power and as priceless as ever.
In those contributed chapters, youll locate information on many equipment for looking and implementing consistency, besides bottom-line analyses of its merits and a few warnings approximately its attainable risks. so much of what youll examine applies both to and software program improvement, and it all holds genuine merits for either your company and your clients.
* starts off with a brand new preface by means of the collections distinctive editor.
* information various tools for reaching interface consistency, together with important regulate, person definitions, exemplary purposes, shared code, and version analysis.
* provides a cost-benefits research of organizational efforts to advertise and accomplish consistency.
* Examines and appraises the scale of consistency-consistency inside an software, throughout a family members of purposes, and beyond.
* Makes the case for a few unforeseen advantages of interface consistency whereas supporting you stay away from the hazards it may possibly occasionally entail.
* Considers the consistency of interface parts except display design.
* comprises case reviews of significant organizations that experience instituted courses to make sure the consistency in their items.
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