These days, mobile devices are as common as chewing gum. Will your next application be ready to hit the streets?
I recently talked to a group of MIS majors at Baylor University about Windows Mobile Design. Here are some tips and tricks to help you with your User Interface (UI) Design.
Thanks to Dr. Willis for sparing his class time for this talk and Dr. Green for coordinating my visit.
Here are a few highlights:
•No popup menu on left soft key
•Single-word on left soft key
•Left soft key must not be “destructive”
•Minimize use of sub-menus
•Use separators between menu items
•No explicit ‘&’ or numbering
•Respect user’s color theme
•If must hard code colors, start with RGB
•Sample UI elements and how to determine their color (e.g. dialog box header, black line, UI text etc.)
Window Mobile Design Presentation
Mobile Devices. Mobile Devices put a fun spin on otherwise straight forward programming and now that you can get Visual Studio Professional in DreamSpark mobile programming is free. Download the Windows Mobile SDK. Other resources: Game Development on Mobile Devices Webcast Series, Four Steps to Getting Started with Windows Mobile 6.0, Full Library of Mobility Webcasts and Virtual Labs, Windows Mobile Team Blog
While I was visiting Baylor University, I discovered that students were having trouble accessing DreamSpark Software. At Baylor University, students can currently access DreamSpark Software through JourneyEd.
Step-by-step instructions for Baylor and a number of other university can be found here, in a Step-by-step Guide.
Thanks to Howard Huang at Baylor for bringing this to my attention and Adam Ogle at East Tennessee State University for providing this guide.
Additionally, the MIS Department at Baylor has access to much more software through the department's MSDN AA subscription. These products are administered and made available thanks to time dedicated by Dr. Willis.