[LINK] Are GUI design standards no longer relevanr?

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Jan 20 08:35:07 AEDT 2010

Fernando Cassia wrote:
> ... vendors like Google no longer caring about GUI design standards  ...

I suspect that Web 2 designers see Common User Access (CUA) and 
Graphical User Inter Interface (GUI) standards as literally
"last century" and want try new things. Some of what they do may be good
enough to become a new commonly used and codified interface, but much
will be gimmicky and forgotten.

It took many years for an interface developed by Xerox Park 
to be refined by Apple 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_interface_guidelines>, popularised 
by Microsoft <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Microsoft_Windows> 
and codified by IBM <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Common_User_Access>.

It is very useful that by using a CUA you know that "F1" gets you help. 
But that is not going to differentiate your new wizzo web App in a 
crowded market, especially on a touch screen phone which does not have 
an F1 key.

Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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