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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RE[2]: The panel
by gustl on Mon 26th Nov 2007 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE: The panel"
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Because there is no imaginable need to resize it, there is no way to resize it.

That is simply not true. My taskbar on KDE takes about 1/3rd of valuable monitor height, and can incorporate the same functionality, therefore ther definitely is very much need to resize the panel.

When I had to work with CDE I constantly asked myself: Why oh why have the desktop designers been so stupid, to not allow the front panel to become smaller.

And the maximize button has also been next to unusable, because it maximizes the app above or beneath the panel, which is not really multitasking-friendly.

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