Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 11th Jan 2011 13:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Nowadays smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers are all siblings. They use the same UI paradigms and follow the same idea of a programmable and flexible machine that's available to everyone. Only their hardware feature set and form factor differentiate them from each other. In this context, does it still make sense to consider them as separate devices as far as software development is concerned? Wouldn't it be a much better idea to consider them as multiple variations of the same concept, and release a unified software platform which spreads across all of them? This article aims at describing what has been done in this area already, and what's left to do.
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RE: Two words:
by Neolander on Tue 11th Jan 2011 15:05 UTC in reply to "Two words:"
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Pie Menus.

Edit: mainly as a means of overcoming inconsistencies between touch/mouse-driven interfacen.

Well, if I keep using my favorite OO example...
How do I turn that into a pie menu that fits on a smartphone screen ?

(PS : More seriously, a problem which I have with pie menus is the absence of text in them. If you try to include text, they become gigantic. On the other hand, not everything can be explained through the use of icons. And on a touchscreen, you can't hover icons and read the tooltip...

For these reasons, I do think that big scrollable menus are a better fit for touchscreen devices)

Edited 2011-01-11 15:21 UTC

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