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First off, if you're able to group tabs, definitely just go for it. You might even get away with placing some tabs' content on the 'General' or 'Advanced' page. But in some cases, this is just impossible. Here are some alternative options to Microsofts horrible way: A dropdown menu at the end Hide some less important options under a More, Other, Advanced ...


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In fact you have many solutions but it depends of your use of these tabs. Ideal one is, as mentionned before, shorten labels or rearrange multiples tabs in one, but it's not often easy. Other way is to use left menu as VLC for instance (it's not the same use but, again, it depend of what do you want to reach) Or the notepad style (much like web ...


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Instead of wasting all that space for a static help box, how about having true context-sensitive help? Add a help icon next to things that you feel the user may need help with, and when they click or hover on it, show the help on a popup. Like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Rethink and optmise labeling Is your "help text" really a help text or an "introduction" to the form ? I think you should start by rethinking the label "what is this?" as it has a number of flaws: The three most common mistakes website labels should avoid are: Ambiguity Superfluity Repetition source: Information architecture: ...


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A good example of an MDI application using web technologies is jsoncv.com (which I co-developed) - it gives a true MDI experience as you usually see in Windows applications. If your audience is used to MDI's from within a corporate environment then go for it, it's definitely worth while if you want such rich functionality rather than loosing it just because ...



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