HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation

Content starts here

DECwindows Companion to the OSF/Motif Style Guide

Begin Index

Contents (summary)
Preface Preface
Chapter 1 Designing Dialog Boxes
Chapter 2 Designing Menus and Menu Items
Chapter 3 Customizing the Interface
Chapter 4 Using Color
Chapter 5 Designing Help
Chapter 6 Using Digital-Specific Widgets
Chapter 7 Working with LinkWorks
Appendix A Keyboard and Mouse Bindings for DECwindows Motif
Appendix B Common Motif Terms Translated into European Languages
Appendix C Sources of Further Information


Preface Preface
Chapter 1
1 Designing Dialog Boxes
     1.1     Determining the Type and Placement of a Dialog Box
         1.1.1         Types of Dialog Boxes
         1.1.2         Placing Dialog Boxes
                Placing a Single Dialog Box
                Nesting Multiple Dialog Boxes
     1.2     Using Window Decorations
         1.2.1         Titles in Dialog Boxes
         1.2.2         Resizing Dialog Boxes
     1.3     Creating Push Buttons
         1.3.1         Default Push Button
         1.3.2         Cancel Button
         1.3.3         Labels in Push Buttons
         1.3.4         Push-Button Arrangement
                Horizontal Push-Button Arrangement
                Vertical Push-Button Arrangement
         1.3.5         Push-Button Dimensions
         1.3.6         Help Push Button
     1.4     Using Standard Message Dialog Boxes
         1.4.1         Question Dialog Box
         1.4.2         Error Dialog Box
         1.4.3         Information Dialog Box
         1.4.4         Warning Dialog Box
         1.4.5         Working Dialog Boxes
     1.5     Creating a Logical and Appealing Layout of Controls
         1.5.1         Group Related Choices Graphically
         1.5.2         When to Avoid Using Punctuation in Dialog Boxes
         1.5.3         Keep Dialog Boxes Simple
         1.5.4         Use Uniform Spacing Within the Dialog Box
         1.5.5         Align Labels and Text Fields
         1.5.6         Promote Scanning from Left to Right, Top to Bottom
                Use the Top Left Corner
                Present Related Controls in a Clearly Visible Series
                Clarify Structure
                Provide Appropriate Defaults
                Use Option Buttons to Conserve Space
                Initializing Values in Dialog Boxes
                Provide a Variety of Selection Controls
         1.5.7         Creating Tab Groups
                Navigating Between Tab Groups
                Navigating Within Tab Groups
     1.6     Presenting Text in Dialog Boxes and Other Screen Objects
     1.7     Creating Title Bars
     1.8     Using the Working Dialog Box and the Wait Cursor
Chapter 2
2 Designing Menus and Menu Items
     2.1     Naming Menus and Menu Items
     2.2     Organizing Menus and Menu Items
     2.3     Using Ellipses in Menu Items
     2.4     Disabling Menu Items
     2.5     Designing Pop-up Menus
         2.5.1         Characteristics to Give to Pop-up Menus
         2.5.2         Determining the Actions of Pop-up Menus
         2.5.3         Choosing Between a Pop-up Menu or a Control Panel
         2.5.4         Designing Pop-up Menus with Submenus
     2.6     Designing Tear-off Menus
     2.7     Items in the File Menu
     2.8     Items in the Selected Menu
     2.9     Items in the Edit Menu
     2.10     Items in the View Menu
     2.11     Items in the Options Menu
     2.12     Items in the Help Menu
     2.13     Items in the Windows Menu
Chapter 3
3 Customizing the Interface
     3.1     General Guidelines for Providing Customization Features
     3.2     Designing Options Menu Items and Dialog Boxes
         3.2.1         Adding Command Menu Items
         3.2.2         Adding Dialog Boxes
     3.3     Guidelines for Customizing Windows, Color, and Text
         3.3.1         Window Positions and Sizes
         3.3.2         Colors
         3.3.3         Size and Rendition of Text
Chapter 4
4 Using Color
     4.1     Why Use Color?
     4.2     General Guidelines and Specific Recommendations
         4.2.1         Before You Select Colors
         4.2.2         After You Select the Colors
     4.3     Using Digital's Color Mixing Widget
Chapter 5
5 Designing Help
     5.1     Methods of Accessing Help
         5.1.1         Help Pull-Down Menu
         5.1.2         Help Command
         5.1.3         Help Push Button
         5.1.4         Help Key
     5.2     Guidelines for Designing and Writing Online Help
         5.2.1         Planning Help Topics
                Organizing Help Topics
                Writing Help Topics
         5.2.2         Remember Translation
     5.3     Digital Tools for Creating Online Help
         5.3.1         Using Digital's Help Widget
                Title Bar
                Menu Bar
                Help Topic
                Additional Topics
                Push Buttons
         5.3.2         Using the DECwindows Motif Help System

Previous Next Contents Index