Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 17th Mar 2003 22:49 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces So many operating systems and so many graphical desktop environments... This article is a comparison of the UI and usability of several Desktop Environments (DEs), that have been widely used, admired and reviled: Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Read on which one got our best score on our long term test and usage.
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Issues with Windows XP
by Brian on Mon 17th Mar 2003 23:18 UTC

I liked a lot of what Eugenia had to say in this article, but I feel it left out some important criticisms of Windows XP:

First, as mpt ( http://mpt.phrasewise.com/ ) so often points out, Windows XP (and prior versions) has a problem with dialog boxes. Simply put, most dialog boxes in Windows XP are poorly worded, long, have confusing or non-useful button labels, and have close buttons in the window title bar that are used as "Go Away You Stupid Alert" buttons. Comparing this behavior to the common alert behavior in OS X, I would have to say that Apple does much better in designing their dialog boxes. In addition, the Sheets concept introduced with OS X is quite useful and really a good improvement.

I also don't think you did a good job explaining how amateurish the default Windows XP Luna theme looks. The first time I saw it, I thought that Microsoft had replaced all of their theme designers with a bad GTK+ theme designer! Newer betas of Longhorn take this to an extreme, making the entire user interface some shade of blue. Perhaps MS is hoping that their OS will become a hyperintelligent shade of the color blue.

While you rightly mention that BeOS's font rendering is a little dated, Windows XP doesn't provide many options. There isn't a way to use font antialiasing at all without using subpixel AA, which doesn't work very well for CRT users. Without ClearType, most UI elements are delivered non-antialaised!