On the Importance of Good User Interface Design

Written by V. Berba Velasco Jr.

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The sad part is that these shortcomings can often be cured using a few simple guidelines. For example, it helps ifrepparttar user can enter data using buttons and list boxes, instead of typing it in by hand. It helps ifrepparttar 133438 software provides pop-up dialog boxes, to guiderepparttar 133439 user alongrepparttar 133440 way. Evenrepparttar 133441 judicious choice of icons and other graphics can turn a steep learning curve into a short and gentle slope.

For that matter, even such trivial matters as spelling and grammar deserve attention. Poorly phrased instructions can severely hinder an operatoróand even if they donít, they do reflect poorly onrepparttar 133442 developers of that application.

There is much more that can be said aboutrepparttar 133443 mechanics of good user interface design, but thatís a topic on which entire book can be (and have been) written. Suffice to say that a company that strives for excellence should pay close attention torepparttar 133444 elements of software usability and flexibility. These are critical elements of software excellence, and they are worth pursuing.

V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D. is proud to serve as a senior electrical and software engineer at Cellular Technology Ltd, a biotech firm that specializes in ELISPOT analysis tools and ELISPOT assays.

Splitting the Heat and the Noise

Written by Thomas Yoon

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This is exactly what happens inrepparttar 133442 air-cooled split units. More copper tubing, electrical wiring, bracketing, and other installation work may be required, but it will be worthrepparttar 133443 extras if you are looking for quietness and better appearance.

One word of caution! Make sure thatrepparttar 133444 copper piping is sized and laid up properly. If not, you may find that your compressor seizes up due to lack of lubrication oil. The lubrication oil goes out from repparttar 133445 compressor but does not return.

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