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One thing I do find modal dialogs useful for is data entry forms. Putting them in a dialog means you can have more access keys without conflicting with access keys on the main form.

Philipp Schumann

That's a good point. There won't be much data entry to my product but I noticed that issue as well. Right now what I do is taking care that none of the six menu accessors is overwritten by controls within the application' forms (panels). I also largely confine accessor keys in these forms/panels to group boxes so the keyboard user will have to tab within these group boxes but that wouldn't be the most usable solution for classical raw data entry forms.


Hi Philipp,

Really nice UI. Could you say which UI lib are you using for the tabbed Windows?

Thanks in advance.

Philipp Schumann

No third party UI library; it's my own code.

I've also been asked who did the icons; well these are stock icons and the bulk of them is from http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/ --- fantastic work, I'm very impressed with these icons and if my product works out I'm planning on some heavy donations... ;)


Good work!

A Narrower Gap: Modality and the User Experience

... I recently came across this blog entry which talks about an entirely modeless application, with some very clever ways of getting around things which are typically modal: using menus for “are you sure” type questions and information bars for warnings are great ideas.

This kind of got my creative juices flowing. Surely there were places in Humanis which could benefit from being less intrusive and not require pop up dialog boxes! And, indeed, there are. I didn’t go looking for them, really, and the one that I want to talk about today just sort of came out of a brainstorming session that I had with James...

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    Corporate design integration into the SharePoint corporate intranet (March 2007, PSC); development of an Applicants Management System based on SharePoint, .NET WebParts and the Microsoft Business Data Catalog (May through July 2007, PSC)
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