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Use the I/O Kit interfaces to detect available device configurations. See Accessing Hardware From Applications for more information. ■ Avoid making assumptions based on the current user’s locale. Be prepared to handle different date, time, and number formats. Also, don’t assume that the address format of the current user is the only address format in use. For example, the user may store contacts with foreign addresses in Address Book. ■ Avoid making assumptions about your execution environment.
It presents the user with tools that are relevant in the current context, eliminating or disabling irrelevant tools. It also warns the user against performing dangerous actions and provides ways to undo those actions if taken. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when designing for ease of use: 48 Ease of Use 2005-06-04 | © 1992, 2001-2003, 2005 Apple Computer, Inc. All Rights Reserved. C H A P T E R 3 Characteristics of Great Software ■ In your user interface, use metaphors that represent concrete, familiar ideas.
All Rights Reserved. 31 C H A P T E R 2 Human Interface Design Reflect the User’s Mental Model The user already has a mental model that describes the task your software is enabling. This model arises from a combination of real-world experiences, experience with other software, and with computers in general. For example, users have real-world experience writing and mailing letters and most users have used email applications to write and send email. Based on this, a user has a conceptual model of this task that includes certain expectations, such as the ability to create a new letter, select a recipient, and send the letter.