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New Upload Available: Apple Human Interface Guidelines

A PDF of the 1995 edition of the Apple HIG has been uploaded. This is the version that focuses entirely on the Mac.

The earlier 1987 edition that was for both the Mac and Apple II is still needed.

Apple Human Interface Guidelines

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Apple made up these "rules" for developers and then often ignored or changed them to suit themselves and as tech fads came and went. Sad

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Haha, yeah so true! I remember when seeing Hypercard for the first time and thinking "Eh, is this really a Macintosh program from Apple?" Laughing out loud

Still, doens't mean it's wrong to adhere to these guidelines. Most of them I consider reasonable and sound advice.

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Actually, a lot of careful study, analysis, consideration and hard work went into forming them. And they work quite well.

Whether Apple corporate adhered to them religiously doesn't diminish that.

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I didn't say they were no good, simply that Apple themselves didn't actually stick to them all the time. Neither did some of the other big developers.

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What?!? You mean that the QuickTime Movie Player and Kai's Power Tools aren't the epitome of perfect adherence to the Mac HIG?!? I'm shocked! Shocked I say! Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud