Chapter 9. Working with Controls and Themes

Every time you pass through an airport or a train station, you expect to see a myriad of signs directing you to points of interest—connecting gates, luggage pickup, or a taxi line. And while the words on these signs are certainly important, perhaps just as important are the visual symbols drawn on them that are used to better communicate their meaning. Our minds become so accustomed to visual elements that often we don't even need to read the words to understand a sign's meaning, and the presence of visual elements certainly saves us when we're traveling to another country whose language we don't speak.

This universal visual language of signs is the big idea behind the user interface system in Windows ...

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