Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2007 15:52 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the fifth article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV]. 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 V, we focus on modes.
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Modal text editors complement qwerty nicely
by devloop on Mon 12th Nov 2007 00:35 UTC
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After qwerty, having to switch modes to perform trivial edits or issue commands is one of the things I find the most annoying when using modal text editors.

I am a very fast typist and having to break to switch from edit to command mode slows me down.

It is almost as bad as having to switch from the keyboard to a mouse to click menus on GUI editors.

One of the reasons why I switched to a non modal text editor.... not mentioning any editors particularly bad in this regard... *cough* vi *cough*.

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