Monitoring and Indicating Progress
As you’ve no doubt seen, many graphical applications include a progress indicator of some sort to convey how quickly something is happening. I don’t know about you, but I tend to be somewhat impatient, so I find these progress bars very helpful. I hate it when a program just sits there—is it still working, has it hung, who knows? This chapter covers some different ways to measure progress and communicate it to your users.
Changing the Cursor
Sometimes you’ll need to tell the users that the program is busy and let them know that they have to wait for a (hopefully short) amount of time. The easiest ...