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GUI Design: Tooltips

Tooltips are a largely unused, yet potentially powerful resource in a GUI. I’ve noted in previous articles places where tooltips are well used and places where they could have been used to circumvent issues. For this posting I’ve decided to take a look at a few various tooltip implementations. USELESS TOOLTIPS Figure 1 shows the left navigation area of Gmail® by Google®. The display is on the default Mail panel which presents navigation options of Inbox, Buzz, etc. The mouse cursor is hovering over the Inbox option which currently has the additional text (2) following it, indicating that there are 2 unread messages in my Inbox. Note that the tooltip has the identical text as the option itself. Hovering over any one of the nine options from Inbox down to Travel does … Read entire article »

Filed under: Controls, GUI Design, Help, Tooltips

GUI Review: WordPress®

I currently use WordPress® for this blog. That could change at any time simply because I enjoy trying new applications and when I discover something better, I generally make the jump—at least until the awful outweighs the awesome. WordPress is my favorite web application for blogging because of the power it puts at my fingertips, in spite of some drawbacks I find in the GUI. This review is for the GUI alone. If you are a blogger, then there is a good chance you are familiar with WordPress. I laughed to myself more than once in the last several months as I have used WordPress to write about good and bad GUI designs and features, because WordPress breaks some of my rules for good GUI design. But let’s begin with some good … Read entire article »

Filed under: Controls, GUI Design Review, Tooltips