RE: [usage-centered] A Web-Based Application Software - What info should go to the hom e page?
Thanks for your reponse. I like the approach of showing what the user can
do and need to do + statistics info.
I just saw one application listing the main task categories and a big pretty
picture to identify the package. The home page here serves as a marketing
tool and an entry point to the tasks.
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> info should go to the hom e page?
> Hi Cindy,
> within the industry I come from there's a lot of
> emphasis these days on a "manager's workbench" sort of
> approach to the application main page. What is
> generally meant by that is that the software gives a
> an overarching status on tasks to do, data in the
> system, summaries of historical data etc..
> Basically if the browser based software provides
> access to UI to accommodate several tasks, I'd like to
> see clear access to all those tasks. If possible I'd
> like to see some notion of how many instances of those
> tasks I need to complete today. And finally, for goal
> setting purposes how much work I've done in the past,
> how much is pending, and how much I'd hope to get done
> in the future.
> A specific example might be a application for
> purchasing agents. UI might give access to activities
> like creating purchase orders, approving purchase
> orders, monitoring existing orders, maintaining
> vendors etc.. Links may be present indicating that
> there are X products that need to be placed on order,
> X outstanding purchase orders, X overdue orders.
> Links go to specific products or orders. Statistics
> may be present such as year to date X orders have been
> placed for an $X dollar value, X orders are in cue,
> and based on current demand X orders for $X should be
> placed by end of period.
> In short strokes, use the main page to summarize what
> I can do, specifically what I need to do, and
> statistically how well I have done and how much I need
> to do in the future.
> That's one approach. There are as many right answers
> as their are people of course.
> --- "Lu, Hongzheng (Cindy)" <CindyLu@...>
> > Hi!
> > In many Window-based application software, after the
> > user loges in, a blank
> > page is presented for the user to start. In some
> > software (client-server
> > based), the first page is filled with data passed
> > from server, so that the
> > user can start working from there.
> > In most web sites, the home page tells the user what
> > the web site is and
> > where the user can go. It also lists news and other
> > info.
> > What info should go to the Home Page of a web-based
> > application software?
> > The purpose of the software is not to provide
> > information to the user
> > instead to enable the user to perform some specific
> > tasks. One way to do
> > this is to provide the entry points to the tasks on
> > the home page. Another
> > way is to put the entry points at the navigation
> > side (left or top), and
> > present hot information in the center of the page.
> > The third way is to put
> > the entry points at the navigation side, and open
> > one entry point as
> > default.
> > Do you know whether there are any studies conducted
> > on this? Do you have
> > any opinions?
> > Thanks!
> > - Cindy
> > ==========
> > Hongzheng "Cindy" Lu, Ph.D., CPE
> > Lucent Technologies, Inc.
> > Tel: 732-949-3395
> > E-mail: cindylu@...
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