Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

16 Aug 2004 - 11:58pm
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carl myhill
2006

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a checklist for assessing whether a UI has conformed to
Microsoft Windows style guidelines? For example, whether dialog text conform
to capitalisation standards, etc.

Cheers

Carl

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17 Aug 2004 - 2:13pm
Mark Canlas
2003

While I'm afraid I don't have an immediate answer to your question, as to
the existence of a checklist, I do have a very strong recommendation, purely
based on personal experience and opinion.

If at all possible, provided you're in the domain of a "regular" desktop
application, please, for all that is scared, use the newest set of Windows
controls that conform with the Luna theme, or Windows XP's theming feature
in general (usually rounded edges, colorful buttons, tabs that highlight,
etc).

I'm just gonna go ahead and assume that using these standardized components
will bring you to some bare level of usability. There's nothing I hate more
then when people make their own custom widgets, and for no apparent reason.

Sorry if this is off topic, I just felt like getting it off my chest. The
use of standardized components helps those dependent on specialized user
agents, which bank on the existence of the same, consistent interface each
time.

Mark Canlas
http://www.htmlism.com/mark/

> Does anyone know of a checklist for assessing whether a UI has conformed
> to
> Microsoft Windows style guidelines? For example, whether dialog text
> conform
> to capitalisation standards, etc.

17 Aug 2004 - 4:25pm
Jonathan Grubb
2004

Try:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?URL=/library/books/winguide/ch
00a.htm
"an indispensable guide to designing applications that run with the
MicrosoftR WindowsR operating system. More than anything else, the design of
your application's interface affects how a user experiences your product.
Here you will find recommendations for well-designed Windows-based
applications and hundreds of examples of interfaces - both good and bad - to
learn from."

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Subject: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a checklist for assessing whether a UI has conformed to
Microsoft Windows style guidelines? For example, whether dialog text conform
to capitalisation standards, etc.

Cheers

Carl
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18 Aug 2004 - 6:15am
carl myhill
2006

Thanks Jonathon for the link to the Windows guidelines. What I really need
though is a checklist. If I look across 50 concurrent projects, how can I
ensure they are following the guidelines?

Thanks Mark for the comments on standard comments. I agree that standard
widgets give you some basic level of consistency. However, a text label is a
fairly standard component and yet Capitalisation guidelines are routinely
ignored, which makes things look very unprofessional.

So, a conformance checklist is still what I'm after - anyone else?

Cheers

Carl

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com] On Behalf Of Jonathan Grubb
Sent: 18 August 2004 09:25
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Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Try:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?URL=/library/books/winguide/ch
00a.htm
"an indispensable guide to designing applications that run with the
MicrosoftR WindowsR operating system. More than anything else, the design of
your application's interface affects how a user experiences your product.
Here you will find recommendations for well-designed Windows-based
applications and hundreds of examples of interfaces - both good and bad - to
learn from."

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Jonathan Grubb

-----Original Message-----
From: carl.myhill at ps.ge.com
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 9:58 PM
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a checklist for assessing whether a UI has conformed to
Microsoft Windows style guidelines? For example, whether dialog text conform
to capitalisation standards, etc.

Cheers

Carl

18 Aug 2004 - 1:15pm
Gerard Torenvliet
2004

Carl,

I think you may have to roll your own, so to speak.

As you know, the windows guidelines are broad. You have to pick and choose the elements that are both relevant and important to the projects you do. For example, do all of your controls need to be accessible to assistive technologies? If so, then your checklist will include items relevant to achieving that goal.

Even Microsoft's Windows Logo compliance spec doesn't have anything resembling a design checklist, but just some technical jibjab about requiring the latest version of Microsoft's common controls DLL.

(In case you're bored, you can find this document at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=209E3D65-F0BE-4EEF-8602-73BB9BC29D54.)

If you made a good checklist, I bet you could sell it - until Microsoft sued you for copyright/patent infringement. :-)

Regards,
-Gerard

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-----Original Message-----
From: carl.myhill at ps.ge.com [mailto:carl.myhill at ps.ge.com]
Sent: August 18, 2004 7:16 AM
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Thanks Jonathon for the link to the Windows guidelines. What I really need
though is a checklist. If I look across 50 concurrent projects, how can I
ensure they are following the guidelines?

Thanks Mark for the comments on standard comments. I agree that standard
widgets give you some basic level of consistency. However, a text label is a
fairly standard component and yet Capitalisation guidelines are routinely
ignored, which makes things look very unprofessional.

So, a conformance checklist is still what I'm after - anyone else?

Cheers

Carl

-----Original Message-----
From:
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[mailto:discuss-interactiondesigners.com-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.
com] On Behalf Of Jonathan Grubb
Sent: 18 August 2004 09:25
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Try:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?URL=/library/books/winguide/ch
00a.htm
"an indispensable guide to designing applications that run with the
MicrosoftR WindowsR operating system. More than anything else, the design of
your application's interface affects how a user experiences your product.
Here you will find recommendations for well-designed Windows-based
applications and hundreds of examples of interfaces - both good and bad - to
learn from."

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Jonathan Grubb

-----Original Message-----
From: carl.myhill at ps.ge.com
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 9:58 PM
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: [ID Discuss] Windows UI Compliance Checklist?

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a checklist for assessing whether a UI has conformed to
Microsoft Windows style guidelines? For example, whether dialog text conform
to capitalisation standards, etc.

Cheers

Carl
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