Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency by Jakob Nielsen

By Jakob Nielsen

In the years on the grounds that Jakob Nielsens vintage assortment on interface consistency first seemed, a lot has replaced, and lots more and plenty has stayed an analogous. at the one hand, theres been exponential progress within the possibilities for following or brushing off the rules of interface consistency-more desktops, extra functions, extra clients, and naturally the massive expanse of the net. at the different, there are the rules themselves, as continual and as worthy as ever.

In those contributed chapters, youll locate information on many equipment for looking and imposing consistency, besides bottom-line analyses of its advantages and a few warnings approximately its attainable hazards. such a lot of what youll study 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 wonderful editor.
* information a number of tools for reaching interface consistency, together with critical regulate, person definitions, exemplary purposes, shared code, and version analysis.
* provides a cost-benefits research of organizational efforts to advertise and attain consistency.
* Examines and appraises the size of consistency-consistency inside an program, throughout a kin of purposes, and beyond.
* Makes the case for a few unforeseen advantages of interface consistency whereas supporting you keep away from the dangers it will probably occasionally entail.
* Considers the consistency of interface components except display design.
* comprises case stories of significant businesses that experience instituted courses to make sure the consistency in their items.

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A Cost Benefit Analysis 29 2. Different design groups did not categorize the software components that comprised the user interface in the same manner. Calculating the financial breakpoint A generalized financial model for software costs such as those suggested by Boehm (1981) is not presented because of the wide difference between product lines, development methodologies, and service strategies utilized by different corporations. Such a model can be prepared for any individual product line or corporation as long as accounting data exists for the various stages of the current product life cycle.

The quality control mechanism for testing UI designs would become the de-facto certification for international standards compliance without significantly increasing costs or creating a new testing organization. Compliance on a product-byproduct basis will be more costly, require more manpower, and possibly be more error prone since both the standards and the individuals responsible will change over time. LEGAL ISSUES Traditionally, copyrights have been used to protect an author's right to the reuse of creative works.

Based on these parameters, a question database is constructed, and from it, C program code [Kernighan & Ritchie, 1979] is generated to administer the survey. By changing the templates from which the program code is generated, t r o f f text formatting codes generate a paper survey. Some work was also done to generate a form-based survey system using the Rapid/USE prototyping tool [Wasserman, 1979]. Once again, several different synthetic solutions to problems are formed from the same analysis. Coordinating Consistency of User Interfaces 45 Observation: Multilingual/Multitarget Specification as a Method By now the recurring themes of the examples should be clear, and we are ready to formalize the characteristics of the method of multilingual/multitarget specification.

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