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I work for WV WV Office of EMS as a programmer and web developer. I've been programming since I was twelve. I use C#, Python, VB.net, VBA, VB6, C, C++ and SQL mostly.


Dec
15
comment Presenting a list of sequential actions in a Windows application
We have a similar need, showing the steps needed for a process. Most of the steps are manual, so we just need to convey the idea "has this step been done, if so when." We use a list with the step name and an icon of a red light or green light.
Dec
15
comment Presenting a list of sequential actions in a Windows application
In addressing your second point, a toolbar model doesn't necessarily negate use of text. I would provide a functional title and provide additional information in a tooltip or a "more" button. The sequential nature can be relayed by the title "Step 1, download" and enforced by disabling the elements. This structure also allows a non-linear approach to allow for the random invocation you mention in the question.
Dec
14
awarded  Yearling
Dec
13
answered Make people understand they can click on a button in a flat design
Dec
13
answered Presenting a list of sequential actions in a Windows application
Dec
12
answered When is it appropriate to publish ebooks vs. PDF?
Jun
12
comment Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?
Any head-down data entry task involving numbers makes number pads a wonderful addition.
Apr
23
answered Where is the best place to show validation/error messages in a form?
Jan
8
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
19
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
@Nicholas, I have nothing to hide. If I store employee actions in electronic form, then the storage medium is discoverable for grievances (which I've never never filed on me, by the way) Why expose yourself to the hassle of losing your computer and files for a while while a lawyer goes fishing, when keeping a printed file copy of the actions in the employee's file avoids it all. I don't have a problem with auto-saving but the auto-overwriting of the good copy without the users direct approval. I said in my response that "I'm all for Auto-saving to a temp file..."
Mar
18
awarded  Editor
Mar
18
revised Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
added 342 characters in body
Mar
18
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
@Nicholas, I use the Word Processor as a typewriter, to generate a nicely-formatted paper copy, which is then stored in the employee's file. The electronic copy is then discarded. The reason they don't want us to save it, as any employee action documentation on a computer or shared drive opens that computer or share drive to discovery in case of a grievance.
Aug
4
awarded  Yearling
Aug
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
5
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
For some task-domains, it's not a bad concept. For others, it can be annoying. For others, it's just bad.
Aug
5
awarded  Supporter
Aug
5
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
@Monica, not only comprehensible, but quick, obvious and intuitive. I may be able to understand the seven clicks it would take to undo a doc save, but a "quit and discard" button would be better.
Aug
4
awarded  Teacher
Aug
4
answered Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?