This is quite an interesting article written in 1989 on the advent of new user interfaces and the golden Apple standard. What I find quite remarkable is that 23 years later, the model still generally holds true, but is finally on the cusp of the change with swipe gestures and touch-screens with mobile appliances. Ironically from the same company that developed the point and click approach.
When it comes to choosing web technologies to configure and/or monitor embedded devices, it can often be bewildering to a company that is focused on electrical engineering and design. Rich Internet Applications have existed for years in the website world, and more recently have shown up in embedded web-servers on devices as an answer to traditional web page problems. I wrote this article up about a year ago about the pros and cons of RIA technology in embedded devices, and the various RIA options on the market. I recently heavily updated it, as RIA has changed so much in just a year!
Find the link to the right under articles.
It was about time I updated everything. I’ve taken the opportunity to start cleaning up some of the white papers and articles I’ve written and publish them out on embedded user design interface. I also have several new topics I’m researching and planning on writing articles on. There seems to be a lack of resources on the web for people involved in User Interface design — that is not website design. The world has forgotten that just about everything we touch and interact with has or is a user interface. Some are terrible, some are great, and all are worth studying to determine he why they are good or bad when it comes to interacting with the outside world. Its been a long time coming. Enjoy!