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[3]: Why?
by google_ninja on Mon 21st May 2007 15:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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Im currently on a laptop trackpad, at 1440x900 resolution, and i can go from the very bottom to the very top of the screen with two full swipes accross the trackpad.

The idea behind the global application menubar streaches fittes law a bit, it is that you only have to aim in two directions, instead of four. That means you can "throw" your mouse up to the top of the screen with reckless abandon, secure in the knowledge you will alwas hit your target. Then it is a matter of left or right. Menus in applications require you to slow down your mouse movement as you approach the (roughly) 20x30 pixel target. While you could argue that because of modern resolutions, application level menubars are equivilent in speed to the global menubar, due to the aiming in only one direction, and the consistant fixed location of the widget, the global bar will alwas take less effort to use, which leads to a more pleasent experience.

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