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Topic 3: Characteristics of Standard Application Packages


Word Processor

"A word processor is a generic applications package that allows entry,
editing and formatting of text to create a range of documents."

· Use keyboard to enter written data (also entered by microphone using voice
· Most commonly…

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Web Authoring

"The creation of web pages, can be achieved through the
use of a webauthoring package."

· Special features: webauthoring software has built in functions to enable the
user to create a web page to a good standard with a variety of features
(hyperlinks, hot spots etc)
· An…

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· ...know delivery times for orders
· ...have links to orders database
· ...have link to budget system
· ...update stock records when orders received
· ...have previous sales figures
· ...have ability to predict stock requirements based on previous sales
· ...have manual override on items being ordered


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All companies have customers and need to keep record of them and finances,
especially if they are given credit on products. Records need to include:
­ Contact details
­ Ordering details

The Data Protection Act (1998) dictates how customers information is stored,
handled and kept.

The system must enable the…

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Similar to templates and are used to set out layouts. Also known as MASTER
DOCUMENTS. Styles refer to complete docs. The use of styles ensures that all
documents produced conform to a predetermined layout yet still gives the user
some scope for creativity. An example of a style would be:…

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How experienced the user
Clearly marked exits should be given in clear language
Commonly used functions should be given a shortcut/button/menu option

Design Considerations for Forms

Interface for a standard database is aimed at the developer, not the user. The
developer will use tools available to build an appropriate interface…

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Menus enable a user to select actions ­ there are three types of (fullscreen, popup
and pulldown).


B's P's
Simplification of data entry Level of technical knowledge
Fewer mistakes by user needed create and test interface
Quicker using buttons, macros etc Takes time to alter…




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