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In Windows menus can have either commands (Print) or options (View => Large Icons). This is what Windows Design Guidelines for menus says about using bullets and checkmarks: Menu items that are options may use bullets and checkmarks. Commands may not. And on using icons: Consider providing menu item icons for: The most commonly used menu ...


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On standard Windows, icons and checkboxes share in the same column. Thant means you cannot have both a checkmark and an icon at the same time. The following image is from a Delphi 32bit EXE, wrapping the standard Windows API - images seem to take precedence to checkmarks: I have seen (rarely) programs with two such columns, showing checkmarks to the left ...


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Inside the first dialog window (level 1), replace the area where the "Edit" button is with an info box/pane. When you select an item from the list on the left, the item's data (including its sub-items) is displayed inside said info pane. Now, the ability to edit a sub-item's name is afforded by allowing in-place/inline editing — double-clicking the name ...


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One significant consideration is that scrollbars are typically hidden in Mac OS X. So, for example, you may want to provide additional hints to the users for views that are scrollable. Another consideration is the availability of smart-zoom in Safari web browser. Your testing should include ensuring the correct positioning of elements when users perform the ...


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I think you should consider the fact that mobile devices are driving user interfaces and often the evolution of the desktop user experience as well. This because the big market players realise that users spend more time looking and interacting with their mobile handset more then their desktop. Apple and Microsoft recent efforts are into blending their ...


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If, for some reason, you know that a significant portion of your users will be using Safari for Mac, then it might be okay to design for that specific browser. In general though, it's a pretty universally agreed upon best practice to not design for a browser (unless it's something like a browser-specific extension). A few things to consider: You never ...



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