Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Nov 2007 15:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the sixth article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV | part V]. 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 VI, we focus on the dock.
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RE[2]: @google_ninja
by Pixie on Wed 21st Nov 2007 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE: @google_ninja "
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Agreed. And what is most paradoxical about it, as an error, is that exactly the point at which you need to have the menu-bar on the application window, is when you are running many apps at the same time.

Which error would that be? Going on an assumption of it to be true so you could declare it a paradox?

But this ability was always one of the strengths of the old Apple OS, and there were lots of studies showing how Mac users did use more different apps

It shows that under a false premise anything can happen...

Its a classic instance of how Apple's HIGs, which started out in a different era as being rules fostering innovation and usability, as the world moved on, became a sort of dead hand of conservatism.

Very much like our hands... bounds, bounds bounds everywhere...

The continued insistence on the single button mouse was exactly the same sort of thing.

I thought that two mouse buttons were common place, sorry never used one single button mouse on a mac although I might as well use (sometimes just for fun I use it, cause you know, my two button mouse still has the left one;)), however on windows one mouse is cumbersome to use...

If you wrote your HIG with multiple desktops in mind, half of it would have to be thrown out.

Please don't tell that to those who'd made Leopard, they might get into trouble...

Well, they did finally get to multi-button mice, and they have now at last admitted virtual desktops with Spaces, so there is progress, however glacial.

Wakes me up when Linux has something worth to be called UI...

Edited 2007-11-21 00:30

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