Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 20th Jul 2004 18:50 UTC, submitted by Jono Bacon
Linux Jono Bacon has written an article on my O'Reilly Blog called The path to unified interaction which looks at the challenges of making our software work natively in the different desktop environments on Linux. Do you think this is something we should strive for, and if so, do you think it is technically possible?
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Good idea, maybe
by Dutch_Cap on Tue 20th Jul 2004 19:16 UTC

I think it would be a great idea to "abstract" certain things out of the application. For example, why does every program come with it's own file-save dialog? Instead, why doesn't it talk to the users preferred file-save dialog which then tells the program where to store the file. Same for the open file dialog. I would love it if all my programs had a drag-and-drop save dialog ala ROX.

I wonder how far you could take the abstraction, though. I imagine it works great for conventional things like file-save dialogs or Continue/Cancel dialogs, maybe even context-menus, but how well would it work when you want to do unconventional things?