Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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Laws of relationship
by Ben Jao Ming on Thu 17th May 2007 22:00 UTC
Ben Jao Ming
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2005-07-26

In addition to Fitt's Law I would like to introduce the laws of visual relationships.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_psychology

Putting the menubar outside its application window is actually bad HCI. I know studies have been conducted before, but I doubt they assumed the high number of windows and the huge screen resolutions we have today.

What really annoys me about Mac is that I can't tell which program the active menubar belongs to if I have many windows open - at least I have to first decide visually which window is active and only then can I tell what the menubar at the top is for.

Also I would like to add that the menubar isn't so important anymore. The coefficient from Fitt's law should be multiplied by some factor of importance. If something of low importance is placed somewhere with a high Fitt number, it should count in a negative way. Having a high Fitt number and a low importance is counter-intuitive.

(disclaimer: I'm not participating in the overall discussion, I'm just making a point)

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