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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RE: Mac-style menu bar
by lindkvis on Mon 21st May 2007 08:51 UTC in reply to "Mac-style menu bar"
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"4) is farther away from where the mouse is (the currently active window), forcing the user to move their mouse longer distances for menu bar actions."

Which is a view which is opposed by Fitt's law because nobody is pixel perfect in their mouse movement. Having the menu bar in the application window almost always requires a second mouse movement to reach it because the first one overshoots. Or it requires you to slow the mouse down before clicking, meaning it takes longer time.

The exception might be FPS-gamers.

It would be interesting to see any studies about the effect on RSI on these two different types of menu bar placements.

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