Chapter 15

Making Sense of Your Information with Layouts


How your information is organized on the screen is an extremely important element of how useful it is to you. Remember back in Chapter 5 when you saw how awkward it was to enter data when the tab order was not set up logically? Imagine what data entry would be like if the NameFirst field were in the upper left of the screen and the NameLast field were in the lower right. This is certainly an extreme example, but sometimes in our haste to get all the fields onto a page, it’s easy to forget how it will look to the end user. I had one client who hired me specifically to redesign their invoices and it took more than a couple hours to do it right.

In Chapter 17, “Designing Your ...

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