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Re: [platform-ui-dev] UI Guidelines v2.1 Feedback

Hi David,

> under what circumstances I should be using a button and under what
circumstances I should be using a hyperlink
You're right about this not being clear. So far we don't have any written
guidelines on this but I agree they would be useful.

There is some action in general on updating the guidelines by the UI Best
Practices Workgroup
 but specific topics are still being collected. We have a new process in
place for both requesting coverage in the guidelines and for writing a
proposed topic:

To ensure your request is recorded, I added it to the "Talk" page for the
UI Guidelines:

The working draft to the 3.x guidelines is here:

Also, some good references from the OS level are as follows:
Windows Vista UX Guidelines
-    Main:
-    Dialog Boxes:
-    Links:

MacOSX Guidelines
-    Main:

Gnome 2.0 Guidelines

UI Design . Rational Software
IBM Toronto Media Design Studio

UI Graphic Guidelines for Eclipse-based tools:

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Given the increasing use of hyperlinks in Eclipse, I was wondering if it
would be appropriate to establish some guidelines as to their use.  There
seems to be two general uses, as traditional hyperlinks to navigate to a
different location (for example, the File Assocations, Content Types and
Appearance links on the General->Editors preference page) and to open
dialogs/wizards (for example, the Configure Project Specific Settings...
link on the Java->Compiler preference page).  My specific area of confusion
lies in the latter use case, its not clear to me under what circumstances I
should be using a button and under what circumstances I should be using a
hyperlink.  If you could provide a guideline to go by, that'd be greatly

Keep your stick on the ice,

David Brandow
Sybase Engineering_______________________________________________
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