Kevin Ragsdale: Visual FoxPro 9.0

Respecting User's Windows Settings

I know, you’ve probably heard this a million times before in books, articles, and other conference sessions. I’ve said it, preached it, and tried to practice it, but I often find myself short on respecting Windows settings (remember the high contrast theme?).

This tip is exactly what I was talking about in the quick note about this session.

I’ve always taken great pride in my UI design (right or wrong, and many times I’ve been wrong), and I had planned for this session to show you something pretty. But as I worked on the session (and re-worked it again, several times) I found that some things I built that looked pretty to me could be very ugly to others.

During the working and re-working, I found myself going back to the Microsoft UX Guide many times.

The Microsoft UX Guide for Vista and Windows 7 contains the following statements about user settings (on page 621-622):

During the course of preparing this session, the guideline above went from being an afterthought to a driving principle.