Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2007 18:21 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first alpha release of the KDE Desktop Environment, version 4.0. The release is a basis for the integration of powerful new technologies that will be included in KDE 4. It has been given the codename 'Knut'." Meanwhile, the KDe HIG team is looking for help with finding applications that violate the (unfinished) KDE HIG.
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RE[4]: Looks good
by manjabes on Sat 12th May 2007 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Looks good"
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Simple UIs get frequently characterized as newbie friendly


The way I see it, the problem with this kind of attitude is that when users grow out of the newbie status, their preference is quite sure to change a bit. And then the "simple & clean" look may not be a plus after all.

Furthermore, as You mentioned, when features get hidden away in the guts of the app (meaning deep down in some menu, or as a keyboard shortcut or as a DCOP interface command), they are so much less used than those that are accessible as a button. Now, going back to this developing newbie scenario, when the newbie has accustomed [him/her]self to the basic features, he/she probably wants to know if there's more to it then that. And if the stuff gets hidden away, then there has to be a counscious effort to look for it rather than the usual "ooh. what does this button do?...wow, cool. that could be useful".
Of course, everything cannot be reasonably stuffed into the "main window", but having buttons enabling quick access to features removed just because newbies feel intimidated by them is also a bit selfish. Remember that all newbies grow to be experienced users at some point.

Of course, this thought is based mostly on my experience and the experience of the people I have had the "pleasure" to "train" so it certainly is a bit more biased towards the attitudes of the quick-learning part of society. I understand fully that some people cannot stand the attitude that I should only click buttons the functions of which I'm aware of and leave the others put till I find out what they do.

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