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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Deductive logic (sarcasm)
by Kalle Vahlman on Mon 16th Aug 2004 08:56 UTC

If we take

"[Usability] strikes me as something between art and
science, about putting the right things in the right place, not over complicating things, simplifying where necessary and moving more complex or less used options out of the casual users way."


"One approach to usability is to simplifying
everything by removing options, this strategy assumes users are idiots and in my opinion is more likely to annoy users due to lack of options than help usability."

and use some deductive methods, we get (roughly)

"Usability is removing options, which annoys users"

so, considering the following:

"GNOME has removed options"
"Spatial Nautilus has annoyed users"

we could say that the GNOME people were right all along.