Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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RE: ...you mean "flaw" ? =)~
by muda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:37 UTC in reply to "...you mean "flaw" ? =)~"
muda
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2008-12-23

The CLOSE button should always be closest to the window corner, since that particular coordinate is the quickest/easiest target for a user to hit...


Probably the exact same reason, only they wanted to keep users from closing windows mistakenly. For example, on my mac I rarely use zoom feature and I minimise by double-clicking the title bar. Window close operation good old cmd-w. If I ever use the buttons, I always happen to hover the leftmost one first and need to carefully steer the cursor.

In Ubuntu, I believe, the window zoom feature is perceived in a different way and people use the maximise button much more often that the close button. To illustrate, when I am in Windows environment, I tend to use the maximise button much more often than the close button.

Imagine the workflow: open window in normal state, maximise, do something, minimise, do something else, maximise, do more stuff, minimise, do more something else, restore, do even more, maximise, finish up, save, exit app. Close button used only once if at all!

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