Updated: September 5, 2013
Editions offer article collections dedicated to a UI-related topic in the SAP environment. Highlight topics are collections of related articles that had been published on the SAP Design Guild before and are now offered under a common framework.
Below, you will find introductions to the most recent edition and highlight topic that were published on the SAP Design Guild Website.
Published September 5, 2013
We would like to continue the tradition of publishing highlight topics on the SAP Design Guild Website with a collection of articles focusing on information visualization. This emerging field has recently attracted a great deal of attention in the world of design – reason enough to highlight it on the SAP Design Guild Website. Once again, we hope that offering related articles in one place will make it easier for our visitors to catch up on a certain topic.
Information visualization differs from scientific visualization in that it refers to abstract data such as demographic or economic data that typically has no correspondence to physical space. However, apart from this, there is little difference between the two directions, particularly when it comes to their representations and interactions. We would also like to point out that we do not wish to be too restrictive in this highlight topic as regards the various visualizations types. We therefore include articles about data visualization, that is, about the design of charts and graphs, and about using visualizations for network analysis.
Book reviews play an important role in this highlight topic. Over the years, we have accumulated more than ten reviews of visualization-related books on this site, and we offer all of them here. In addition, we include two articles providing overviews of books about information and data visualization, as well as a list of books covering various visualization-related aspects.
Published March 9, 2012
This twelfth edition of the SAP Design Guild, which has been published in cooperation with SAP’s Accessibility Competence Center in Walldorf, Germany, once again picks up the topic of accessibility. Our previous edition on accessibility, edition number nine, is more than six years old and starts to show its age.
This new accessibility edition has two focus points. Firstly, we report about SAP's activities in the accessibility field by presenting SAP's accessibility standard, testing procedures, and products status documents, in which SAP reports the accessibility status of its products. And secondly, we address more technical topics. The first article in this section is once again SAP-related and covers a new SAPGUI theme for users with visual impairments, called the high contrast black theme. The second one takes a look into the future of accessible internet applications, which might also be interesting for SAP. It motivates and discusses the emerging ARIA standard, with ARIA standing for "accessible rich internet applications".