Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Nov 2007 19:24 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the third article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part III today, we focus on the desk accessory, popularly known as the widget, applet, mini-app, gadget, or whatever the fashionable term is these days.
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by rhyder on Mon 5th Nov 2007 00:31 UTC
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"A long, long time ago, multitasking was something of a novelty to many computer users. "

What was really amazing - from the perspective of an RISC OS/Amiga user - was the hard sell that multitasking needed with some people. "Why would I [i]want</> to run more than one program at once?".

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