User Interface Standards

User interface standards are useful for enforcing a consistent 'look & feel' across your software application, thereby enhancing its usability.

Users should be able to create an expectation of how your entire application behaves, after using only some of it. This reduces the learning curve required to use the software, because users can take what they have learnt when using one part of your application and apply it to other parts. Users should not have to learn numerous different ways of performing what is essentially the same task.

The Benefits of Documenting User Interface Standards:

  • Standardises the implementation of functionality
  • Reduces inconsistencies across Business Requirements and Functional Specifications — Have all your business analysts and developers working to the same set of standards
  • Focuses the project team on providing a consistent behaviour and appearance across your product
  • Mitigates behavioural differences between multiple implementations of the same or similar functionality
  • Reduces your support documentation requirements — saving you money

A user interface that behaves consistently and is consistent in its appearance will reduce the learning curve for users. It will also reduce the quantity of, and need for support documentation.

To find out more about documenting your project's user interface standards, please contact Chris Heath.