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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by MamiyaOtaru on Fri 30th Nov 2007 00:53 UTC
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The file manager also does some nice tricks. First off, it has a breadcrumb bar, something modern graphical user interfaces only recently got the hang of.

judging by the screenshot, it also has an address input field, which modern file managers are deciding is unnecessary or only to be used after jumping through some hoop ;)

Typing in a directory path, especially with tab completion can be so much faster sometimes than click fests. As great as the breadcrumb bar might be, I resent it for replacing (by default anyway) the address input field. I'd be cool with both, ala CDE.

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