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Archive for the ‘Usability’ Category

Inspect (Windows) to find Automation properties and control patterns, as well as Microsoft Active Accessibility properties

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/24

Inspect (Inspect.exe) is a Windows-based tool that enables you select any UI element and view the element’s accessibility data. You can view Microsoft UI Automation properties and control patterns, as well as Microsoft Active Accessibility properties. Inspect also enables you to test the navigational structure of the automation elements in the UI Automation tree, and the accessible objects in the Microsoft Active Accessibility hierarchy.

Inspect is installed with the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8. (It is also available in previous versions of Windows SDK.) It is located in the \bin\<platform> folder of the SDK installation path (Inspect.exe).

[WayBackInspect (Windows)

via [WayBack] Before i start hooking the windows messages for bds i would like to ask if there is a way to trigger “save all” from outside? – Attila Kovacs – Google+


Posted in Development, Software Development, Usability, User Experience | Leave a Comment »

Office 2011 for Mac update pesky Window pops up every 10 seconds

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/03/27

From the “I hate my users” department:

  • This dialog pops up every 10 seconds
  • The Office 2011 for Mac update requires non-Office apps to quit as well


Posted in Apple, Development, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, Office, Office 2011 for Mac, Power User, Software Development, Usability, User Experience | Leave a Comment »

Some links and references to IBM CUA: Common User Access which defines a lot of the UIs and UX we still use.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/04

Back in the late 80s and early 90s of last century, engineers Richard E. Berry, Cliff J. Reeves set a standard that still influences the user interfaces and user experience of today: the IBM Common User Access.

I mentioned CUA a few times before, but since an old client of mine managed to throw away their paper originals in a “we don’t need that old stuff any more as we are now all digital” frenzy, I wanted to locate some PDFs. And I promised to write more about CUA.

If anyone has printed versions of the non-PDF documents below, please donate them to aek at or scanning at as they are really hard to get.

A few search queries I used:

The PDFs I think are most interesting:

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Posted in, Development, History, IBM SAA CUA, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Software Development, UI Design, Usability, User Experience | 3 Comments »

Dark Patterns – User Interfaces Designed to Trick People

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/30


A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that appears to have been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

We developers have a big responsibility. Martin Fowler and Erik Dörnenburg (both ThoughtWorks) did a great presentation about that at the GOTO Aarhus 2014 Conference.

A quote:

“The developer who wrote that code is every bit as responsible as the person who told them to do it. You have a choice. You have a responsibility to ensure that your users are well treated and to reject dark patterns,” says Fowler. “We have a whole profession of people writing software and doing enormous things to change the way we live in the world.”

Please watch the video: Our Responsibility to Defeat Mass Surveillance – Erik Dörnenburg and Martin Fowler – YouTube.



Posted in .NET, Delphi, Development, Software Development, Usability, User Experience | 3 Comments »

Windows 8.x: Three keyboard/mouse ways to zoom in or out on start screen (via: YouTube)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/22

I love it that in Windows you can do everything both by mouse and keyboard.
Take the start screen: there are 3 ways (mouse only, mouse + keyboard, keyboard only) to zoom in/out in the start screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Usability, User Experience, Windows, Windows 8 | Leave a Comment »

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