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[2]: Two words:
by vodoomoth on Wed 12th Jan 2011 16:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Two words:"
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I was also about to reply: "pie menus". I think this is the best UI configuration for menus. I am currently writing a very configurable pie menu for SWT (in Java): it has a zone below the circle that displays the text that would have been displayed in a classical contextual menu. It also has a "brief" description in a styled big balloon that uses HTML for the presentation.

Granted, I did it with the desktop in mind but the configuration is there to cope with different settings. It isn't finished yet as it's much more work than I initially thought. Moreover, I'm planning on these menus to open in an overlay on top of the parent pie menu, with the overlay being a transparent layer that darken the background (and hence the parent).

EDIT: the only problem is finding appropriate icons.

Edited 2011-01-12 16:37 UTC

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