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Read Me First!: A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Second Edition by Sun Technical Publications

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Chapter 12. Writing About Graphical User Interfaces

A graphical user interface (GUI) provides the user with a visual way of interacting with a computer and its applications. The main purpose of a GUI is to make the activities that are involved in doing a task simple and quick. Common GUIs require a person to use a mouse or some other pointing and selecting device. GUIs are typically built around windows and menus, which provide a simple means of manipulating files and directories.

The term “graphical user interface” also includes web browsers.

This chapter discusses the following topics:

  • “Using GUI Terminology” on page 221

  • “Writing About Windows, Dialog Boxes, and Menus” on page 225

  • “Writing About the Web” on page 228

Using GUI Terminology

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