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Mike Himstead
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Hi,

I think I once saw a book which focused on design of GUIs, and I think it was published by O'Reilly, but I can be wrong about this. Unfortenately I can't remember the title or author (female?). Anyone know a book that fits into the scheme?
Pauline McNamara
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Hi Mike,

I think you're thinking of Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell. I've had my nose in it for a few weeks and recommend it highly - it's excellent.

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Pauline
Mike Himstead
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Hi Pauline,

that's exactly the book I had in mind. Since you read it and recommend it, maybe you can answer a follow-up question: I'm looking for guidance (patterns?) about interaction of interface components (something like: if option A is set, deactivate button B and textfield C). So far I'm more or less able to design this behavior but my constructions break very easily when changes are necessary. Do you think that this book is helpful on this?
Pauline McNamara
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Originally posted by Mike Himstead:
... I'm looking for guidance (patterns?) about interaction of interface components (something like: if option A is set, deactivate button B and textfield C). So far I'm more or less able to design this behavior but my constructions break very easily when changes are necessary. Do you think that this book is helpful on this?


Hi Mike,

The book stays pretty much at the overall interface level and doesn't delve into programming at all. It's more for deciding which kind of interface to try based on the kind of interactivity you're aiming at.

So, though I recommend the book highly for that, I think you wouldn't find the kind of detail you're looking for, at the sub-interface level (if I understand you correctly).

Maybe the folks in the Patterns and Refactoring forum could help with that? You might even ask about a specific interface you're working on...


Cheers,
Pauline
 
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