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Unformatted text preview: Novice users need simplicity and lots of help… users need simplicity and lots of help • Detailed Reports and Summary Reports are – Expert users need increased functionality and short cuts cuts equally important • Graphical Reports are not uncommon (e.g., bar • “Menus” and “Help” can help users better chart) – a picture tells a thousand words BUSI 335 Copyright © 2009-10 Y.M. Cheung, William Tan, and Carson Woo • Forms & Reports must be audience-sensitive understand how things work understand how things work 33 BUSI 335 Design for Purpose for Purpose Copyright © 2009-10 Y.M. Cheung, William Tan, and Carson Woo 34 Design for Purpose (cont’d) for Purpose (cont • Custom "tailoring" for specific tasks • Note 1: users might not be easily accessible. ote be eas access • Note 2: what users say might not be what they want. – Keyboard short cuts and macros may be useful. What they want might not be what they need. • The function of user’s task defines the “look and feel” The function of user task defines the look and feel • In short, users might not know what they want. – Heads-down data entry Forms and – Might need to use prototyping. – Exploratory Analyses Forms are radically different • The design guidelines (slides 18-29) can help a lot. • Note 3: Many successful software packages are 3: successful software packages are • No design is “wrong” – just less effective/efficient. • Less is more. The power of simplicity. Th written by area experts. • Talk to users to find out what they need, but … (see next slide) next slide) BUSI 335 Copyright © 2009-10 Y.M. Cheung, William Tan, and Carson Woo 35 BUSI 335 Copyright © 2009-10 Y.M. Cheung, William Tan, and Carson Woo 36 Window Controls Window Controls Basic Types of MS Access Forms Types of MS Access Forms • Scroll bars bars • Menus (context sensitive menus too) • Modal forms forms • Single-Row or Columnar Forms or Columnar Forms • Tabular Forms • Data...
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