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The graphic user interface (GUI) of a computer system comprises the interaction metaphors, images, and concepts used to convey function and meaning on the computer screen. It also includes the detailed visual characteristics of every component of the graphic interface and the functional sequence of interactions over time that produce the characteristic look and feel of Web pages and hypertext linked relations. Graphic design and visual "signature" graphics are not used simply to enliven Web pages graphics are integral to the user´s experience with your site. In interactive documents graphic design cannot be separated from issues of interface design.


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Navigation

A rich set of graphic navigation and interactivity links within your Web pages will pull users´ attention down the page, weaning them from the general-purpose browser links and drawing them further into your content. By providing your own consistent and predictable set of navigation buttons...


posted Jul 24, 2007

by Web Style Guide


Accessibility

One of the defining principles of the Web is that it should provide all people, regardless of physical or technological readiness, with access to information. Since the Web took off as a visual medium, the goals of design have been at odds with the goals of accessibility. When designers began to ...


posted Jul 24, 2007

by Web Style Guide


User-Centered Design

Graphic user interfaces were designed to give people control over their personal computers. Users now expect a level of design sophistication from all graphic interfaces, including Web pages. The goal is to provide for the needs of all your potential users, adapting Web technology to their expect...


posted Jul 24, 2007

by Web Style Guide


Make Your Web Pages Freestanding

World Wide Web pages differ from books and other documents in one crucial respect: hypertext links allow users to access a single Web page with no preamble. For this reason Web pages need to be more independent than pages in a book. For example, the headers and footers of Web pages should be more...


posted Jul 24, 2007

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Web Page Design vs. Conventional Document Design

Concepts about structuring information today stem largely from the organization of printed books and periodicals and the library indexing and catalog systems that developed around printed information. The "interface standards" of books in the English-speaking world are well established and widely...


posted Jul 24, 2007

by Web Style Guide


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