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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Re: Missed the point
by Dutch_Cap on Tue 20th Jul 2004 20:06 UTC

I think the file dialog was just an example. The author also mentions: "responding to interactions in ways that are common with the host environment and respecting usability guidelines."

Of course neither of us can know for certain what the author was thinking when he wrote this story, but I think the things he wants to have abstracted out of the applications include most of your points.

To elaborate on my previous post (not part of the reply):
I think some things would be really hard to abstract out of an application. What should trigger a context menu (eg: right-clicking or holding the left mouse button), various dialogs and where the scrollbar is would be pretty easy.

The lay-out of the program, on the other hand, would be very hard to abstract. ROX applications, for example, don't have a menu-bar, but only a right-click context menu. So if I run one of these programs on my ROX desktop, would the menu-bar be integrated into the context-menu somehow? That could lead to rather ugly results.

How about we actually discuss the article instead of letting this degrade into another KDE vs. Gnome flamewar?