RE: Terminology for web page elements

Subject: RE: Terminology for web page elements
From: "Partridge, Robert" <Robert -dot- Partridge -at- au -dot- unisys -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 10:52:05 +1000

Isn't this case a prime candidate for an interface redesign? I've
documented GUIs where the only way to describe the elements was to
specify where in the screen the element was. No logical groups, just
random spatter of widgets. The answer was to go back to the developer
with a more logical, task focused design for the interface where
associated elements were grouped together. The docs and the interface
benefitted, and the users found things so much easier to do.

So is there any way of recommended changes to the web interface? Suggest
using some boxes or shading to associate elements together? Then instead
of talking about the thing in the top left corner, you can say things

In the Sender fields, type the Name, Address and Contact Number of the

Other than that, your only recourse is to document the status quo and
try to point the user to where they might find the field they are
looking for. I don't tend to use screen grabs with callouts for
individual fields unless absolutely necessary as they can quickly
clutter a document and cause a user to flick back and forth. Where I've
used them is in the intro paragraphs to a procedure to indicate to the
user where the logical groups of buttons are. Top section with a box
around several fields with callout to indicate Sender fields, middle
section with a box to indicate Receiver fields, etc.


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