How to Distinguish Between a Character-Based Interface & a Graphical User Interface

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Distinguishing between a character-based interface and a graphical user interface is easy, once you know what you're looking for. Distinguish between a character-based interface and a graphical user interface with help from an expert in information systems, programming languages, web development, and network security in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Luke and this is how to distinguish between a character-based interface and a graphical use interface. A graphical user interface or a GUI or GUI is what most people use in Windows environment. It's like the desktop or anything else that you can click using a mouse. If I interact with it by double clicking, right clicking, left clicking and windows and pictures come up, this is what's known as a graphical user interface. However, when you click on something in a graphical user interface, there are commands that are running in the background. These commands can be executed by the user in what's known as a command line interface. This is a character-based user interface. In Windows the command line interface is known as command prompt and it can be run by typing CMD at the start bar. Here you'll see that clicking does not affect anything I do, rather typing things like dir which will list the contents of a directory will. This is a command line interface. And that's it.

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