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    Basic Form Design (2000)

    Does anyone know of a website that tells how to design a form. I have created forms but I don't know how to do it right. I am sure I am doing things the hard way. I have looked at forms in the Northwind database and they look like there is a method to their design. Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Basic Form Design (2000)

    "I have created forms but I don't know how to do it right."

    Linda
    I'm not sure what you mean here !

    Forms are designed to a users specific requirements, and can be manipulated to any manner of
    Size, Length, Width.
    Colours can be added to backgrounds (detail), controls can be added, stretched, made visible - invisible etc.

    If there's a specific problem area, post with details, I'm sure we can help.

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    Re: Basic Form Design (2000)

    Are you asking about physical layout of data, buttons, etc., or about the controls themselves and how to use them?
    Charlotte

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    Re: Basic Form Design (2000)

    I guess I just want the basics of arranging objects on a form. When I put a field on a form it goes helter skelter. I need form design 101...Seasoned form designers must have some helpful hints on how they make a nice looking form. Sorry if I am being vague.

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    Re: Basic Form Design (2000)

    Linda
    I can see what you mean now.
    Any number of books, websites etc won't answer your problem, but to give you a few tips:

    Arrange controls in the order you would want to use them.
    Set the tab orders in the order you would want to navigate around the form
    Set control sizes where possible to accomodate your data
    Always align controls in neat positions.
    Check thru properties and alter them to your needs.

    Basically, Linda, design your forms with an element of common sense.
    It's not good practise for the cursor to be jumping all over the place if you have a set routine
    on how your data is enterred.

    I had an instance recently with a major software company, their tab orders were all over the place on
    a couple of admin forms.
    When I informed them, they din't realise users would use tab keys, and expected all to navigate with mouse only.
    They've fixed it now.

    I've attached a sample form for you to look at and maybe give you idea's.
    Keep practicing, it will make all the difference.
    When you're happy with a form style, you can repeat it throughout your project.
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    Re: Basic Form Design (2000)

    There are several standard works available on the topic. The absolute bible is About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, by Cooper & Reimann. Joel Spolsky have a very good (and brief) book called User Interface Design for Programmers. I can highly recommend both, but Spolsky's book might be the most accessible if you're just getting started.
    Charlotte

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