Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 11th Aug 2004 07:53 UTC
Editorial Computers are complex systems but it's a mistake to assume they need to be complex to use. However, usability is not as easy as it may first seem. It is a different discipline from software development lacking the strict logic or having a "right way". There are only differing requirements and differing collections of guidelines. Making things easy is difficult.
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Menu bar at the screen top
by Serge on Wed 11th Aug 2004 10:30 UTC

I bought a Mac recently and find that the best thing about the menu bar location at the screen top is that:
- With multiple apps or windows, there is only one menubar visible at a time, and this reduces the strain on my eyes trying to find the top of the current window.
- My eyes now automatically zero in on the same menu bar position for all apps/windows. This has become automatic and saves me time.

The mouse movement itself takes about the same time for both menu bar locations The real benefit is on the eyes and the brain. We are creatures of habit. The user interface needs to be predictable above all.