Re: Style guide for GUI elements wanted

Subject: Re: Style guide for GUI elements wanted
From: Robert Fekete <fekete77 -dot- robert -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Roberta Hennessey <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:05:49 +0200

Yes, I know this book, but it mainly deals with usability problems,
and the parts about GUI writing mainly say that be consistent, and use
the appropriate vocabulary. Unfortunately these are too vague for my
situation.

It is an excellent book by the way, and thank you very much for your reply!

Regards,

Robert

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM, Roberta Hennessey
<rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> There is a book called GUI Bloopers by Jeff Johnson.
> http://www.amazon.com/GUI-Bloopers-2-0-Second-Technologies/dp/0123706432/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311854204&sr=8-1
> Bobbi
>
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:38 AM, Robert Fekete <fekete77 -dot- robert -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I am running into some problems with our GUI designer about how the
>> texts visible on the user interface of our product should be worded -
>> I mean menu items, radio button labels, action buttons, error
>> messages, anything and everything.
>> Could you recommend any good
>> books/style-guides/articles/studies/whatever that I can cite as
>> reference?
>> The books I have about writing focus mostly on writing manuals or for
>> the web, and the usability books I've found don't really address this
>> topic (though I believe they should).
>>
>> Me and my writer colleague are getting tired about arguing about stuff
>> like why a verb should be included on an action button or why we want
>> to use imperatives in text field labels.
>>
>> Any help is greatly appreciated.
>>
>> Kind Regards,
>>
>> Robert Fekete
>>
>> P.S.:
>> Obviously, the underlying problem is that it is not decided who has a
>> final say about GUI texts - we are working on this as well.
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