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Guidelines On Changing User's Settings

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  • I am trying to find MS Windows Store App UX guidelines for apps disabling device lockscreen/sleep settings, and haven't found anything in the lockscreen or lifecycle management guidelines (or anywhere else in the UX guidelines) which really covers the situation.

    The app has a spoken word and read text bookreader feature and needs to keep the device awake whilst reading the user's book.

    Personally I feel that an app should respect the user's chosen settings, and should have a "stay awake whilst reading" element as an explicit permission, but have not seen anything in the UX guidelines which has any recommendations on this.

    Are there any guidelines which cover this situation?


    • Edited by rhenden Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:40 AM
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:36 AM

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  • See the remarks in the DisplayRequest documentation for guidelines. DisplayRequest is the class used to keep the display live during media playback. An e-book is one of the examples given for appropriate use. See How to keep the display on during audio/video playback for more details on how to implement the DisplayRequest.

    There isn't an explicit recommendation for a setting to let the user turn this on an off within an app, but if the nature of the app isn't completely clear as to the user's expectations then a setting would be appropriate.

    --Rob

    • Marked as answer by rhenden Thursday, October 3, 2013 4:05 PM
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:48 AM
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  • See the remarks in the DisplayRequest documentation for guidelines. DisplayRequest is the class used to keep the display live during media playback. An e-book is one of the examples given for appropriate use. See How to keep the display on during audio/video playback for more details on how to implement the DisplayRequest.

    There isn't an explicit recommendation for a setting to let the user turn this on an off within an app, but if the nature of the app isn't completely clear as to the user's expectations then a setting would be appropriate.

    --Rob

    • Marked as answer by rhenden Thursday, October 3, 2013 4:05 PM
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:48 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks. I spent ages searching through the UX guidelines for Windows Store Apps for that info without any joy.
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 4:06 PM