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21 Jan 2004 - 8:16pm
10 years ago
13 replies

Monolithic apps. versus many-windows apps

I'd like to understand the advantages/disadvantages of
designing a large app. inside one big main window,
versus having a "main window" with many smaller,
non-modal windows around it. Let's assume the context
is an application where the user will spend many hours
working in.

Case in point: Visual Studio vs. Borland C++Builder

In C++Builder, there is a "main subwindow" where
programmers design the software.

20 Jan 2004 - 4:50pm

CFP: TUXS 2004 (Toronto User Experience Summit)


The Toronto User eXperience Summit (TUXS) 2004 is a multi-disciplinary and
trans-industry gathering of user interface designers, software developers,
graphic designers, human factors practitioners, engineers, industrial
designers, teachers, information architects, researchers, and professionals
in other areas seeking to gain an understanding of how to better craft and
mange the interaction between people and any kind of designed environment.

TUXS 2004, scheduled for May 11-13, is a forum for professionals to learn,
discover, and refine the techniques and method

20 Jan 2004 - 3:37pm
Stacy Surla

IA Summit Registration Deadline

The Early Registration Deadline for the IA Summit is January 24 - this
Saturday. The Summit is about the best treat you can give yourself as an IA
or (I assert) an IxD. It's also in Austin this year, which should make a
nice break from Washington weather as well.

Go to the Summit website to find out more and register online.


Stacy Surla
Information Architect/Web Producer
Aspen Systems Corp

20 Jan 2004 - 10:27am
10 years ago
4 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

Wireframes and Use Cases

I'm working with systems analysts who are familiar with use
cases and only recently have been introduced to wireframes. They
are used to receiving business requirements and then developing
use cases out of those.

There is some debate on when is the appropriate time to
introduce wireframes into the process. My reponse was, it
depends on the project.

20 Jan 2004 - 12:18am

Re: Digest, Vol 4, Issue 21


What we did in one of our assignments (it was a browser based application),
which required users to input quite a bit of data was that we pulled out all
the fields that required user intervention (could be incorrect or missing
info) and presented it in a dialog box. So all users needed to do is address
this dialog box and hence correct the errors.

18 Jan 2004 - 4:42pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Jeff Howard

Re: Error messaging best practices


37signals' Design Not Found archives might be helpful here. Lots of good
(and bad) contingency design examples.

For my part, I think delivery depends on the nature of the error
messages. If you're only showing one error that's easy to remember, find
and correct, then a simple dialog box is sometimes enough. Multiple
errors though (like blank required fields) are more elegantly handled by
annotations on page.

16 Jan 2004 - 10:22pm
Elizabeth Bacon

Contract position

Hi folks, I'm hoping this message will not be an annoyance to most...please
feel free to forward to people you know personally and would recommend!

St. Jude Medical's Human Factors team is looking for a contractor who can
develop and maintain an interactive prototype of a new software application,
based on detailed user interface mockups and design specifications. The
position involves working closely with two interaction designers in order to
produce a prototype that illustrates a broad range of interactions in the

16 Jan 2004 - 11:16am
10 years ago
7 replies
Ryan Powell

Error messaging best practices

I'm looking for info on best practices / guidelines for error messaging
(for forms on the web)- both the content of the message and the way
errors are brought to the user's attention.

Does anyone know of any good sources? Or maybe just a site that has an
interesting solution?


Ryan Powell
Chicago, IL

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16 Jan 2004 - 12:03am
10 years ago
4 replies
Bronwyn Boltwood

How to Get Into Interaction Design?

Hello everybody,

In order to pay the rent, I've been doing first-level tech support for the past
2.5 years, and I'm sick of it. In my current job, I am chronically frustrated
by systemic problems that I am unable to fix but am forced to clean up the
messes from.

Naturally interaction design has captured my interest. I may have an aptitude
for it: I wrote a critique of and new interaction and site design for a rather
horrible account ordering site used by the company I support, back in 2002,
before I even knew that interaction design existed.

15 Jan 2004 - 11:05am
10 years ago
5 replies
Robert Reimann

Where Does User Advocacy Belong in the Company S tructure?

Given this choice, and without specific knowledge of
each organization, I would tend to pick an association
with Marketing over IT.

Theoretically, Marketing should understand the importance
of customer/user relations, and from there it's usually
an easy sell that a product's behavior constitutes an
important piece of that relationship.

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