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A possible reason why so many Microsoft applications don’t follow Microsoft design guidelines

I think that Microsoft has released great User Experience guidelines. I particularly enjoy this quote from the Dialog Boxes guidelines.

 
Don’t use OK buttons for errors or warnings. Problems are never OK. Use Close instead.

 

But there are tons of dialog box pop ups which show an error and have OK as the only button. I think the reason why is because the .Net Framework doesn’t provide easy ways to conform to the guidelines. As a matter of fact the framework only provides ways to explicity do the Do Not in the guidelines. Look at the MessageBoxButtons enum and the DialogResult enum. Neither has the concept of Close. So of course programers are not going to follow the guidelines and use what the framework has provided.

  1. Yiru
    October 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    you are wise not switching to wordpress, but eventually, everybody have to go…

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