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Chapter 13. Advanced Layout Techniques > User Interfaces in FileMaker Pro

User Interfaces in FileMaker Pro

Every new FileMaker Pro database essentially begins with a single, blank layout. User interface designers—and, yes, you're now one by definition—often have to approach each solution they design somewhat differently, to tailor it for the specific use in question, for the users for whom the system is ultimately intended, and in keeping with the time/budget/scope variables we all struggle with in some form or another. This chapter is not intended to present a complete user interface discourse. How to approach a user interface is a widely debated topic in both the FileMaker and computer science worlds. On the Web, as you no doubt know, what works for one site doesn't often work for another—nor should it. We won't presume to know what the world's most perfect user interface might be.

Rather than trying to present the “what” or “why” of user interface and layout design, we're going to focus on the “how.” There are some constants in FileMaker interface design: Almost every database solution ever built has some form of navigation, meaning a button-and-script–driven means of moving from layout to layout. Data presentation—how you view and access information in your system—varies, and we explore some of the options there as well. We also examine how to approach working with multiple windows.


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