Re: UI description standards

Subject: Re: UI description standards
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:40:20 -0700

I've commonly seen screen shots used only to document the user interface
itself, to set the framework for the product's terminology. In a series of
labeled screenshots, the user knows whether the product uses familiar or
completely non-standard naming conventions for the different user interface

>From that point onward, it's straight text:

"From the Main Menu, select File > Open"

"Within the Process pane, right click Rescale and choose 50%"

I keep returning to the System Preferences > Mac Touchpad help for animation
that assists user understanding. The user selects a scrolling option, and a
video shows them the result. I can't even explain it because it takes too
many words. ;-)


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