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Differentiating between Menu, Data Entry and Help panels on a color display can be confusing to the user of a product. If the panel flow and format are not consistent, the user becomes frustrated.
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Panel Standards for Task Identification
Differentiating between Menu, Data Entry and Help panels on a color display
can be confusing to the user of a product. If the panel flow and format are not
consistent, the user becomes frustrated.
Associating standard colors and panel formats to Menu, Data Entry/Display
and Help panels greatly enhance the overall usability of the product. By using
the following panel formats colors for each of the Menu, Data Entry/Display and
Help panels, the user can immediately identify which type of panel is currently
displayed; and, therefore, know the task to be perform
Following are standard formats:
All panels have the data enclosed within a box and the panel identification in
the upper right corner. Each panel has a title line which identifies its purpose.
Menu and Data Entry/Display panels have the current date displayed in the
upper left corner of the panel, a message line that appears after the bottom line
of the box and Function (PF) Keys defined on the last line of the panel.
We have found that the following color combinations yield a substantial
improvement over other combinations.
Menu panels have a blue background and yellow foreground. Choice
brackets have a blue background and white foreground. Function keys defined
on the panel have a black background and a white foreground.
Data Entry/Display panels have a gray background and blue foreground.
Data field input brackets have a gray background and light blue foreground. All...