+The Ribbon:Organizing commands Virginia Cagwin
+ Should I use the ribbon control? Do users have trouble understanding the programs commands? Do users have trouble finding commands? Are users requesting features that are already in the program?
+ Should I use the ribbon control? Does the program benefit from making the content area of the program as large as possible? Do users tend to work in a specific area within a large window in the program for long periods of time?
+ How did they approach this problem? Which commands do people use most? How are commands commonly sequenced together? Which commands are accessed via toolbar, mouse, keyboard? Where do people fail to find functionality they’re asking for (in newsgroups, support calls, etc.)? From Jensen Harris, Principal Group Program Mgr., Office User Experience Team, The Story of the Ribbon presentation
+ Science behind the data Over 3 billion data sessions collected from Office users ~2 million sessions per day Over the last 90 days, we’ve tracked 352 million command bar clicks in Word Track nearly 6000 individual data points The team couldn’t have done this without data! From Jensen Harris, Principal Group Program Mgr., Office User Experience Team, The Story of the Ribbon presentation
+ What do you think the top 5 commands are in Word 2003? Paste Save Copy Undo Bold Change shape to lightning boltQuiz
+ Fitts’ Law Time it takes to point at something, based on the size and distance of the target object T = k log2(D/S + 0.5), k ~ 100 msec. T = time to move the hand to a target D = distance between hand and target S = size of target
+ What Do These Have In Common? Find out the current number of words Turn on speech command and control Create a SharePoint Document Workspace Print Envelopes Open the Visual Basic Editor Turn on hyphenationQuiz Merge the contents of multiple documents Start a web conference Tweak AutoCorrect settings
+ Organizing Commands Make a spreadsheet of all the commands in your program. Filter out commands that belong on standardized program tabs (Home, Insert, View) Filter out commands that belong on contextual tabs. Filter out commands that belong in standardized groups e.g. paste, copy, cut Test the organization of your features.
+ Application Button (The Jewel) Usethe following standard Application menu commands when appropriate: New, Open, Save, Print
+ Quick Access Toolbar Use the Quick Access Toolbar to provide access to frequently used commands. (save, print) Always provide when using a ribbon. Pre-populate with the frequently used commands in the Application menu. Provide a way to add commands.
+ Pitfalls to Avoid Avoid generic tab and group names Avoid overly specific tab and group names Avoid multiple paths to the same command
+ Dontunderestimate the challenge of creating an effective ribbon. #1 And dont take for granted that using a ribbon automatically makes your program better.If You Can Only Do5 Things
+ Make the commands discoverable. Users should be able to determine quickly #2 and confidently which tab has the command they are looking for, and rarely choose the wrong tab.If You Can Only Do5 Things
+ Make the commands self- explanatory. Users should understand the effect of a #3 command from its label, icon, tooltip and preview.If You Can Only Do5 Things
+ Make using the commands efficient #4If You Can Only Do5 Things
+ Users should spend most of their time on the Home tab. #5 Users should rarely have to change tabs during common tasks. When the window is maximized and users are on the correct tab, the most frequently used commands have the most visual emphasis and users can invoke them with a single click. Users can perform all other commands on the tab with at most four clicks. Users shouldnt have to open dialog boxes to give commands and change attributes in common tasks.If You Can Only Do5 Things
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