[OT] Interesting Article on Form Design

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Nov 23 09:40:14 EST 2010


Scott Rossi wrote:

> <TANGENT - maybe doesn't apply>
> I recently followed an interesting discussion between user interface
> professionals regarding the use of "wizards" to aid in data collection and
> whether they were still appropriate.  Some folks stated that wizards are a
> viable means to help guide a user through a process, while a couple of folks
> said maybe their use was outdated and a bit passé.  But most people were of
> the former opinion: a "wizard" type form is completely appropriate,
> especially when the choices a user makes on one screen affect the options
> available on another.  Breaking down large sets of options into smaller,
> manageable, less intimidating chunks is another reason to use a wizard, and
> when all was said and done, several folks realized it's probably the term
> "wizard" itself which we perceive as somewhat antiquated.  But regardless of
> how you refer to it, a wizard implementation is perfectly acceptable and
> appropriate.
> </TANGENT>

FWIW, I found this article from the folks at User Interface Engineering 
a good read (lots of other great stuff there too):

<http://www.uie.com/articles/wizard/>

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