A friend of mine asked me to fix some UI issues for her web application. All she wanted to do was to show a loading icon on a component of her SilverLight application. She was trying to implement this using some SilverLight functionality, but was unable to do so. I suggested her to use any GIF files which show "Loading..." and a rotating circular pattern. She liked the idea but with some uncertainty, she agreed to give it a shot. The idea worked.
The point that I am trying to make over here is that there are many situations in our life where we want something to look or appear in a particular way. We tend to try some complicated approach and stick to it. Many-a-times we fail to look up on simpler approaches that make things relatively easy yet the output makes us feel satisfied.
This applies to non-technical users as well. Say for example, we have to show an Excel chart on a Word Document or Excel Spreadsheet or a PowerPoint Presentation. Many of us create the chart in Excel and link that to the target document. Sometimes, the data gets updated as the underlying document got updated. We could simply take a screen clip of the chart and use it in our document.
Be open to ideas which are simpler. It would make life easier for you.
Post your comments with what else, you think, can be simplified?