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Part II: Creating a Prototype > Constructing the Interface

Chapter 6. Constructing the Interface

IN THIS CHAPTER

Exploring the Interface

Creating a Layout Table

Loading and Using a Tracing Image

Drawing Layout Cells and Tables

Creating a Nested Layout Table

Adding Content to Layout Cells

Editing Table Cells and Tables

Using Layers to Position Interface Elements

Adding Buttons for Navigation

Understanding Button States

Adding a Navigation Bar

Adding Flash Buttons

The interface, also known as the user interface, defines the stable elements of the course—such as titles, backgrounds, and buttons—that consistently surround the course content. The interface for an online learning application includes everything on the computer screen that helps the learner interact with the course: the navigation buttons, lesson titles, and menus. It’s important that the learner feels comfortable when using the course, so interface elements must be logically and consistently positioned on the screen. The interface also defines the navigational elements, such as menus and buttons. The function of the navigational elements should be obvious, and they should be consistently positioned on the screen where they are easy to access.


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