Using Graphics

A typical user interface for an application consists of a menu, labels, text boxes, buttons, and perhaps a few controls for specific pieces of data. Without graphics, however, an otherwise functional interface can be quite boring and unintuitive. Graphics can be used to enhance the user interface in the following ways:

  • Highlighting specific information on the screen

  • Providing a different view of information, such as using a graph

  • Providing a more intuitive link to the application’s functions

The subject of design and use of graphics is large and complex. Obviously, then, this single chapter cannot cover all the bases. However, it will provide you with enough information so that you can begin building a more visually pleasing user ...

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