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The GUI Guide
International Terminology for the Windows™ Interface
European Edition

Microsoft Press, 1993
239 pages
ISBN: 1-5561-5538-7

International word lists were an interesting appendix to 1995’s The Windows Interface Guidelines for Software Design, but two years earlier were put together for this book. It presents Windows 3.1 terms translated to 14 languages, sorted both by alphabet and by category. These lists seem a big waste of space, especially as they’re also present on an attached diskette (277 KB). However, first thirty pages slightly redeem the book, containing a condensed round-up of popular and obscure graphical elements of Windows 3.1 – with a lot of illustrated examples.

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Back cover blurb

The following paragraphs are quoted verbatim from the back cover:

Maintaining consistency with standard Microsoft® Windows operating system-based programs is key to creating intuitive, user-friendly applications for the global market. Here’s a handy guide that provides terminology translations and Microsoft’s guidelines for developing or localizing Windows-based applications for the European market, the largest market for computer software.

Part I describes and offers localization guidelines for the main components of the Microsoft Windows graphical user interface, including:
Window elements-sizing, scrolling, and splitting controls
Menus and dialog boxes
Toolbars and rulers
Shortcut and access keys
Message boxes and status indicators
Multimedia controls
Linking, embedding, and manipulating objects

Part II translates hundreds of GUI components – listed both by category and alphabetically – in 14 languages. And to make localization faster and easier, the companion disk contains all the terminology translations, in both Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Windows Write formats.

The appendixes include illustrations of keyboard layouts in 14 languages; tables of national standards for time, currency, and other elements; and tables of various character sets.

Includes standard translations for hundreds of GUI terms in these languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Book contains: One 720-KB 3.5” disk.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1.
To display and print the Czech, Hungarian, and Polish terminology, the user needs Windows 3.1 for Central and Eastern Europe.
To display and print the Russian terminology, the user needs the Russian (Cyrillic) version of Windows 3.1.


Goals for the Graphical User Interfacevii
Purpose of The GUI Guideviii
Contents of The GUI Guideix
Companion Diskix
Document Conventionsx
Part 1. GUI Terminology Definitions
Chapter 1. The GUI Window3
Main Window Elements3
Window Arrangements5
Pointers and the Focus7
Sizing Controls8
Sizing with the Control Menu8
Sizing with the Sizing Controls8
Sizing with the Window Border9
Scrolling and Splitting Controls9
Scroll Bar Controls10
Split Bar Controls10
Chapter 2. The GUI Menu11
Menu Elements11
Menu Commands12
Guidelines for Localizing Menu Names and Menu Commands 13
Chapter 3. The GUI Dialog Box15
Dialog Box Elements15
Command Buttons16
Dialog Box Controls17
Check Boxes17
Option Buttons17
Value Sets17
Edit Controls18
Text Boxes18
List Boxes18
Combo Boxes18
Linked Text and List Boxes19
Spin Boxes19
Elements of a Font Dialog Box20
Chapter 4. Other GUI Visual Elements21
Toolbars and Rulers21
Sizing Handles22
Text Frames22
Toolboxes and Other Graphical Options23
Multimedia Controls23
Chapter 5. GUI Messages and Status Indicators25
Message Boxes25
Status Bars26
Progress Indicators27
Chapter 6. GUI Shortcut and Access Keys29
Shortcut Keys29
Access Keys31
Guidelines for Access Keys for Menu Names or Command Buttons 31
Guidelines for Access Keys for Menu Commands or Dialog Box Labels 31
Chapter 7. User Actions33
Keyboard Actions33
Mouse Actions34
Manipulating Window Appearance35
Selecting Options or Content36
Viewing Document Content37
Removing Document Content37
Linking, Embedding, and Manipulating Objects38
Part 2. GUI Terminology Translations
Chapter 8. Czech41
Terminology by Category41
Terminology by Alphabet47
Chapter 9. Danish53
Terminology by Category53
Terminology by Alphabet59
Chapter 10. Dutch65
Terminology by Category65
Terminology by Alphabet71
Chapter 11. Finnish77
Terminology by Category77
Terminology by Alphabet83
Chapter 12. French89
Terminology by Category89
Terminology by Alphabet95
Chapter 13. German101
Terminology by Category101
Terminology by Alphabet107
Chapter 14. Hungarian113
Terminology by Category113
Terminology by Alphabet119
Chapter 15. Italian125
Terminology by Category125
Terminology by Alphabet131
Chapter 16. Norwegian137
Terminology by Category137
Terminology by Alphabet143
Chapter 17. Polish149
Terminology by Category149
Terminology by Alphabet155
Chapter 18. Portuguese161
Terminology by Category161
Terminology by Alphabet167
Chapter 19. Russian173
Terminology by Category173
Terminology by Alphabet179
Chapter 20. Spanish185
Terminology by Category185
Terminology by Alphabet191
Chapter 21. Swedish197
Terminology by Category197
Terminology by Alphabet203
Appendix A. Keyboards211
Appendix B. National Standards217
Appendix C. Character Sets229

Page added on 11th September 2004.

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