Wizards

12 Jan 2004 - 11:55pm
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liam friedland
2004

Jerry,

The Windows User Experience Guide has a section on Wizard design. It covers
general guidelines and is structured at a high level.

If you want to get a sense of wizards for complex tasks in action, take a look
at MS SQL Server. There you'll find wizards for things like indexing tables,
and synchronizing database servers. MS Access also used to have some decent
wizard designs for table creation, etc., but these were much simpler than
SQL's. Travel booking websites and Amazon's checkout process are essentially
wizard-style interactions.

Perhaps you might think outside of the wizard pattern altogether?

What if you were to conceive of the design(s) in terms of: structured
workflow, or goal-seeking behavior. Would that change the way you approached
the problem/solution space? Would this be more suitable for your intended
audience?

Cheers,
-Liam

Liam Friedland
Director of User Experience
Westbridge Technology

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hi my name is jerry and i'm a student at National Institute of Design, India
doing a course in New Media.

I'm into my internship. I have been assigned a task to design wizards for a
complex fire wall application - i know the basics,

Look at the exsisting tadk flow - smplifiy it, map the process, and the
designing the wizard - well that the point- how do you design the wizard,
what should it do, what should it say ...
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