By Susan Fowler, Victor Stanwick

The criteria for usability and interplay layout for website design and people additionally for software program interplay layout are renowned. whereas now not every person makes use of these criteria, or makes use of them accurately, there's a huge physique of information, most sensible perform, and confirmed leads to these huge fields, and an exceptional schooling method for educating pros "how to.For the fairly new box of internet software layout, despite the fact that, what we regularly have are designers reusing the outdated principles in a brand new platform: no new most sensible practices but exist. This e-book, written by means of designers with an important contribution to web-based software layout, carry either a radical therapy of the topic for lots of other forms of functions, plus a brief reference for designers trying to find a few quickly layout strategies and possibilities to reinforce the net software adventure.

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TECHNICAL NOTE Pros and Cons of Web Application Coding Systems Table 1-1 compares five of the most common systems used to develop web pages and web applications. System Pros Cons TABLE 1-1 HTML Easy to learn and use. Works on virtually every browser. Does not need to be compiled. No special features. Noninteractive. Too simple. Coding system pros and cons. DHTML Relatively easy to learn and use. Different versions work with almost any browser. Does not need to be compiled. Inconsistent compatibility among browsers.

The difficulty comes in deciding what each name should be, what the options should be on each navigation list, and what names to use for each of the options. Here is a recommended method for defining the navigation lists. ) 1. Collect a diverse team to brainstorm the menus: This is probably key, for two reasons. First, for collecting ideas, two or more heads are better than one. ), any misunderstandings of terms and activities will be tested and addressed. 2. Start brainstorming: Pass out index cards or sticky notes (the advantage of index cards and sticky notes will become apparent in step 3).

Example: Self promotion Polite but friendly. ). Example: E-commerce Formal, addressed by full name or title and last name. Example: Benefits self-service intranet site Nature of the interaction Information model. No data are changed. Example: Online library E-commerce model. Simple data collection. Example: Consumer mortgage application Transactional (task-oriented) model. Data are changed in the database. Example: Network monitoring and management Technical requirements HTML only. Example: Information only web page DHTML, JavaScript ActiveX, Flash okay Example: Visual designers’ web sites Java okay (and DHTML, JavaScript, ActiveX, Flash).

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