Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:07 UTC
Editorial Late last week we ran a story on how the Google Chrome team had decided to use Gtk+ as the graphical toolkit for the Linux version of the Chrome web browser. It was a story that caused some serious debate on a variety of aspects, but in this short editorial, I want to focus on one aspect that came forward: the longing for consistency. Several people in the thread stated they were happy with Google's choice for purely selfish reasons: they use only Gtk+ applications on their GNOME desktops. Several people chimed in to say that Qt integrates nicely in a Gtk+ environment. While that may be true from a graphical point of view, that really isn't my problem with mixing toolkits. The issue goes a lot deeper than that.
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RE: All guis the same
by abraxas on Mon 16th Feb 2009 20:05 UTC in reply to "All guis the same"
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All guis are the same, inconsistent. Just look at Windows. You have different widgets between apps. Some apps have floating menus, some have huge ribbons across the top. Some have most of the options hidden in pop up screens. There is no consistency anywhere. And really, do we need it? Are we willing to give up creativity and artistic license to appease people who just don't want to think?

I don't want creativity in an application interface and I don't think anyone else does either! The novelty of a creative interface generally wears of rather quickly. A great example is Nero smart start on Windows. It's the ugliest, most useless, gaudy interface I have ever seen. There are many other examples of this and it never enhances the usability of the application and personally I think it looks a lot worse than having a standard application that works with the rest of the desktop more seamlessly.

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