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UI Design Guidelines

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The Visual Studio SDK includes user interface (UI) guidelines so developers can match the UI of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).

An IDE must provide users with a consistent, predictable UI. A standard UI provides a seamless user experience, shortens learning curves, and lowers the total cost of ownership. The Visual Studio IDE allows for a great deal of flexibility in the design of product interfaces. UI design guidelines offer a framework for uniformly designing and implementing interface technologies into the IDE.

The default path to the Visual Studio UI guidelines is <drive>:\Program Files\Visual Studio 2005 SDK\<build number>\VisualStudioIntegration\Best Practices.

NoteNote

These guidelines address issues specific to UI design standards for Visual Studio and do not represent a comprehensive UI design reference. For more complete guidelines on designing and implementing the Windows UI, see The Windows User Experience in the MSDN Library.

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