Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Nov 2007 23:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the seventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV | part V | part VI]. 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 VII, as promised in part VI, we focus completely on CDE, the Common Desktop Environment.
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Open Look
by Treza on Mon 26th Nov 2007 12:02 UTC
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I still have fond memories of Open Look on SparcStations.

It was visually quite original ( and well adapted to 1bit per pixel framebuffers ) and programming was easy, it was based on var-args C functions, widget paramaters were set as list of IDENT/VALUE pairs.
(but don't forget the NULL at the end...)

CDE's file manager was largely inspired by Open Look's

(Actually there is Open Look and Open Windows, one is the DE, the other is the toolkit )

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