Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Feb 2009 11:47 UTC
Apple A few days ago, Apple surprised everyone by releasing the first beta of Safari 4, the company's latest version of their WebKit browser. While I generally love Safari on the Mac (my browser of choice on that side of the fence), I've never felt as comfortable with it on the Windows side of things. In any case, this latest beta has made a very bold move in the interface department, and I'm sad to say that it's not for the better. Let me explain where it went wrong for Apple.
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RE[2]: What?
by axel on Sun 1st Mar 2009 23:03 UTC in reply to "RE: What?"
axel
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And yes, I do consider myself knowledgable on this subject. I've spent a hell of a lot of time reading, studying, and writing about UI design.


While I'm not saying your wrong in this instance, usability is not a scholastic discipline, its a scientific discipline. Reading about usability only makes you knowledgeable about things which have already been studied, so unless you've got an empirical study on Safari's tabs your opinion on it isn't really any better than that of some one who doesn't have a usability hobby.
A couple of flaws in your "analysis" jumps out particularly: the idea that reordering tabs is an important enough behavior that it needs to be supported from anywhere on the tab (this is really the sort of thing that needs to be backed up) and the "10km abyss" effect, the inclusion of which assumes that it isn't isolated to yourself.

And yes, I do consider myself knowledgable on this subject. I've spent a hell of a lot of time ... writing about UI design.


This is an especially bizarre way of trying to give your opinions weight which isn't isolated to this thread either. You frequently link your usability terms articles as a way to argue your case. Let's think about that: you use your own opinions to prove your opinions.

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