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The Old New Thing: Practical Development Throughout the Evolution of Windows by Raymond Chen

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Chapter One. Initial Forays into User Interface Design

IF YOU ASK ten people for their thoughts on user interface design, you will get ten self-proclaimed expert opinions. Designing an interface for a single user grants you the luxury of just asking your customer what they want and doing it, but designing an interface for a large audience forces you to make tough decisions. Here are some stories on the subject of user interface design, starting with probably the most frequently asked question about the Windows 95 user interface.

Why do you have to click the Start button to shut down?

BACK IN THE early days of what would eventually be named Windows 95, the taskbar didn’t have a Start button. (Later, you’ll learn that back in the early days of ...

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