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= KDE Human Interface Guidelines =
  
Also see the  [http://developer.kde.org/documentation/standards/kde/style/basics/index.html KDE3 User Interface Guidelines] and [http://developer.kde.org/documentation/design/ui/ KDE User Interface Guidelines] and the [[Projects/Usability/HIG/SOU_Workspace|Season of Usability HIG & Design Patterns Workspace]].
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The KDE Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) offer application designers and developers a set of recommendations for designing and developing user interfaces. Their aim is to improve the experience for users by making application interfaces more consistent and hence more intuitive and learnable.  
  
See also:
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== Getting Started ==
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Presentation/DesignVisionPrinciples|Design Vision and Principles]] - The overall vision and principles that guide the design and development of user interfaces for KDE software.
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Concept|Concept]] -  Creating a project vision, determining the users, and the scenarios of use.
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*  [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Organization|Organization]] - Guidelines on how an application’s content and functionality are ordered and categorized.
  
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tablet/Index|HIG for Tablet Desktop]]
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== Behaviour ==
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Netbook/Index|HIG for Netbook Desktop]]
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This section contains guidelines for application behaviour.
  
==Index==
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/ViewingAndNavigation|Viewing and Navigation]] - Guidelines on controls and patterns to use for viewing, navigating and performing actions on application content.
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/EditingAndManipulation|Editing and Manipulation]] - Guidelines on controls and patterns to use for selection and input.
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/UserAssistance|User Assistance]] - Guidelines on tooltips, notifications, messages and help.
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Patterns|Patterns]] - Guidelines on how to use controls in different combinations to accomplish specific behaviors.
  
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== Presentation ==
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Buttons|Buttons]]
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Presentation deals with the visual design of the user interface.
  
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Layout|Layout]] - Guidelines regarding the placement and ordering of onscreen elements. Includes guidance on layout patterns, alignment, size and spacing.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Capitalization|Capitalization]]
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Style|Style]] - Guidelines on the use of colour, icon design and the typography to communicate with a consistent visual vocabulary.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Contractions|Contractions (don't, there's, etc.)]]
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Text|Text]] - Guidelines for the written, language-based elements of the interface. Includes guidelines on wording, capitalization and localization.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Check_Box|Check Box]]
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Combo_Box|Combo Box]]
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== Tools and Resources ==
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Date_Time|Date and Time]]
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The following tools and resources are offered to help with following these guidelines.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Dialogs|Dialogs]]
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/ControlsList|Controls List]] - A complete listing of all user interface controls and their guidelines in alphabetical order.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Ellipsis|Ellipsis]]
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/MockupToolkit|Mockup Toolkit]] - Includes UI controls stencils, color swatches and fonts to help create the visual design your application.
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Exclamation_points|Exclamation Points]]
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* [[/About|About the HIG]] - Learn more about the philosophy behind the KDE HIG.
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* [http://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=285 Visual Design Group forum] - Ask for help and share your design ideas.
  
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Form_Label_Alignment|Forms: Label Alignment]]
 
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/KNS|KNewStuff Button Labels]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Keyboard_Accelerators|Keyboard Accelerators]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Keyboard_Shortcuts|Keyboard Shortcuts]]
 
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Labels|Labels]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Lists_Rich_Lists|Lists and Rich Lists]]
 
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Menu_Bar|Menu Bar]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Messages|Messages]]
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Radio Buttons|Radio Buttons]]
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Slider|Slider]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Spin_Box|Spin Box]]
 
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tabs_Pages|Tabs and Pages in Dialogs]]
 
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Toggle_Buttons|Toggle Buttons]]
 
 
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* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording|Wording]]
 
 
==Contributing==
 
 
Didn't find what you were looking for?
 
 
Our Human Interface Guidelines are a work in progress and we need your help. If you found an area that was unclear or is not even covered in our HIG, tell us about it. You'll find everything you need on our mailing list: [mailto:kde-usability@kde.org kde-usability@kde.org] or in [http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Usability/HIG/UI_Files our little tutorial].
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:53, 28 September 2014

[edit] KDE Human Interface Guidelines

The KDE Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) offer application designers and developers a set of recommendations for designing and developing user interfaces. Their aim is to improve the experience for users by making application interfaces more consistent and hence more intuitive and learnable.

[edit] Getting Started

  • Design Vision and Principles - The overall vision and principles that guide the design and development of user interfaces for KDE software.
  • Concept - Creating a project vision, determining the users, and the scenarios of use.
  • Organization - Guidelines on how an application’s content and functionality are ordered and categorized.

[edit] Behaviour

This section contains guidelines for application behaviour.

  • Viewing and Navigation - Guidelines on controls and patterns to use for viewing, navigating and performing actions on application content.
  • Editing and Manipulation - Guidelines on controls and patterns to use for selection and input.
  • User Assistance - Guidelines on tooltips, notifications, messages and help.
  • Patterns - Guidelines on how to use controls in different combinations to accomplish specific behaviors.

[edit] Presentation

Presentation deals with the visual design of the user interface.

  • Layout - Guidelines regarding the placement and ordering of onscreen elements. Includes guidance on layout patterns, alignment, size and spacing.
  • Style - Guidelines on the use of colour, icon design and the typography to communicate with a consistent visual vocabulary.
  • Text - Guidelines for the written, language-based elements of the interface. Includes guidelines on wording, capitalization and localization.

[edit] Tools and Resources

The following tools and resources are offered to help with following these guidelines.

  • Controls List - A complete listing of all user interface controls and their guidelines in alphabetical order.
  • Mockup Toolkit - Includes UI controls stencils, color swatches and fonts to help create the visual design your application.
  • About the HIG - Learn more about the philosophy behind the KDE HIG.
  • Visual Design Group forum - Ask for help and share your design ideas.

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