Now onto the nuts and bolts of the interfaces we use daily. What are they made of? The generic term for windows, menus, radio buttons, check boxes, icons and the like are "widgets."
Here's Wikepedia's list of widgets.
|Comment||Did most of these seem familiar? When in your software-using career did you learn these terms? Should knowing these terms be "required" of high level users of software? Why or why not?|
Those widgets can sometimes be challenging to navigate and many of us will find and use other options, such as those on the keyboard, to complete a task. Those with disabilities can also find challenge in user interfaces; the good news is some good choices in design can make software more accessible to all. Read the following to get a sense of the possible challenges disabled users face and some available solutions and options.
|Amusement||If you need a laugh and have not seen enough poor interfaces, visit the BUI Gallery (Bad User Interface Gallery) [http:www.buigallery.com/] or the Interface Hall of Shame [http://homepage.mac.com/bradster/iarchitect/shame.htm].|