Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Guide Pattern of Workflows: Beyond Wizards 

via Bob Baxley Wizards and Guides: Principles of Task Flow for Web Applications Part 2
Combining the structured sequence of a wizard with the navigational flexibility of a hub, guides are another type of task flow commonly used in web applications. Unlike wizards, guides do not assume any sort of strict interdependence between steps. As a result, guides can incorporate the navigational flexibility needed for users to access, process, and edit the forms in any order. And unlike hubs, guides also provide the requisite structure and sequencing needed to ensure users can successfully create and manage lengthy or complex transactions.

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