Language Considerations for Mobile Apps and Devices

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New ways of interacting with software, like touch and voice, mean a rethinking of how we develop our associated user assistance. This session describes how micro-concise instructions can significantly improve our users initial experience with the mobile apps. It will also cover the vocabulary of touch as it applies to both mobile platforms and the emerging use with desktop systems.


<ul><li> 1. Design, Writing, &amp; Development for Touch and Voice Applications and Devices Joe Welinske Twitter: welinske </li> <li> 2. A Major Inflection Point New interactions with the UI require new techniques and processes Proprietary interactions make software development harder Uniquely customized UIs require decisions about language </li> <li> 3. Touch Today SmartPhones Tablets: iPad / Kindle Fire / Google Nexus Mac OSx Trackpad Windows 7 Touchpad Automotive Dash and now, Windows 8 desktop and tablets </li> <li> 4. Multi-touch Controls Multi-touch controls are not easily discoverable Multi-touch gestures to trigger certain features. Quickoffice PhotoPad AccuTerra x x </li> <li> 5. Tablet dimensions:allow for more activity which can mean a complex touch UI </li> <li> 6. The Ultimate Touch Easter Egg </li> <li> 7. The Language of Gestures Individual word choices are extremely important It is worth testing with users to find the best words. Word choices may change depending on the mobile platform </li> <li> 8. Gesture Language in UA ToonPAINT Weightbot AutoCAD x x </li> <li> 9. Gesture Language in UA Convertbot Calvetica eBay x x </li> <li> 10. Gesture Resources Touch Gesture Reference Guide try.asp?1071 iOS Android Windows Phone Mac Windows Others </li> <li> 11. Gesture Comparison by Platform/Device </li> <li> 12. Gesture Comparison by Platform/Device </li> <li> 13. Translation Issues for Gesture Terms </li> <li> 14. Single-sourcing for Multiple Device Types Conditional Text Based on device type Based on UI type HTML5 / CSS / Media Query Authoring Tools </li> <li> 15. Device-specific instructions usingconditional text </li> <li> 16. Device-specific instructions Phone Laptop TV </li> <li> 17. Interaction-specific instructions Tablet Car Phone Laptop TV </li> <li> 18. Windows 8 </li> <li> 19. NFC PhoneTablet Desktop Car DashHome Ent. </li> <li> 20. Other UI Elements Device-specific controls need consideration Gallery of Android Sony Xperia Play button bars </li> <li> 21. iPhone User Guide Supplemental Use of icons language x Set Turn Focus Zoom </li> <li> 22. Custom Language Choices Select Edit Share a. b. c. x x Double tap, hold Drag your finger and drag to select while holding </li> <li> 23. Custom Language Choices Windows Phone Fantasia Paint Office Word x Photo Collage Tasks Anywhere x </li> <li> 24. Voice Today iOS Siri Office ? Android Google Voice Ford Sync </li> <li> 25. Design, Writing, &amp; Development for Touch and Voice Applications and Devices Joe Welinske Twitter: welinske </li> </ul>