Design Considerations

The developer of pen-based applications should bear in mind the unusual qualities of a pen interface. Input through a pen device provides unique advantages, yet at the same time carries severe limitations. The best applications will seek to profit from one quality while minimizing the effects of the other.

This chapter discusses some of the characteristics of an intelligent and responsive pen-based application. It offers tips, ideas, and a few warnings. The advice is based on experience and the results of usability studies conducted by Microsoft.

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