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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Missed the point
by Anonymous on Tue 20th Jul 2004 19:18 UTC

I think he missed the point. People don't care that much about how applications look. Even in windows, the newest Office looks different then the rest of the platform. Same with the 'metal' look in OSX. What is much more important then what file dialog is used, and what color the widgets are is how the applications is layed out. This includes:

1) Common Shortcuts
2) Common Design - what labels are bold in a dialog, how buttons are set, instant apply vs. ok&cancel, etc...)
3) Naming - Is it a folder or a directory? Is it an application or a program? etc...
4) Menu layout - Although the File/Edit/.../Help manu layout considerably sucks, atleast it is pretty much common between KDE and GNOME. But where does preferences go? In the Edit menu or in the Tools menu?
5) Other behavioral issues

The behavioral issues are 10 times more important then what open dialog gets used and that the themes are shared.