What about the MS Design guidelines?

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  1. David Dorst
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    Aug 2009

    Posted 25 Aug 2010 Link to this post

    Hello there,

    actually I'm not sure about this thing. If I'm using the Telerik ribbonbar, must I follow the MS guidelines too? So I MUST display the application menu, if the application button is clicked. Or the quick access toolbar MUST be used. And some other things of this document with around 110 pages. Is it neccessary to follow these guidelines in this case?

  2. Peter
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    Posted 27 Aug 2010 Link to this post

    Hi David Dorst,

    Thanks for the writing.

    From a purely technical point of view, yes, you should use RadRibbonBar as specified in the guidelines, because the control is designed to handle the described cases. However, the guidelines are not strict laws that you have to obey. They provide important information about the design of RadRibbonBar which you should have in mind when you are customizing your instance.

    Let me illustrate this with an example. Many of our customers would like to have a RadRibbonBar with a height of 200 px, while the guidelines state that, for example, the height should be no more than 100 px. Since the control is not designed to be that high, there might appear visual glitches, wrong layout or unexpected behavior. In this case our clients are certain that they are experiencing a bug of RadRibbonBar, even though it is not.

    The particular reason we sent you the guidelines is to support our argument that you should avoid nesting composite input controls like calendars, grids, schedulers in a RadRibbonBar and keep the user interface as simple as possible. However, the explanations you have provided afterwards implied that you are already familiar with this control and well informed about its design.

    I hope you find my answer helpful. Let me know if you have further questions.

    Sincerely yours,
    the Telerik team
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