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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide

Chapter 4. Audible and Visual Interface Cues

This chapter discusses audible and visual cues that enable the user to navigate in your interface. The user requires information from your interface to interpret interface interactions and responses. You can provide cues to assist the user.

The user also requires information when an event or situation occurs that prevents, or has the potential to prevent, the user's action from being completed as expected. Such situations are called exceptions. Exceptions occur when your application is unable to interpret a user's action. A typical method for notifying the user about an exception is to use cues.

The user can also request information from the system by activating help messages, which are a type of cue.

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