Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 16:07 UTC
Linux "I am proud to announce the official release of Symphony OS Alpha 4. Alpha 4 includes the KNOPPIX version of the 2.6.11 Linux Kernel and an updated base based on Knoppix 3.9, numerous improvements to the Mezzo Desktop environment, includes synaptic for package management, beagle for local searching, supports .desktop files in the Programs target, and much more."
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RE: mini-review/autohide
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 02:15 UTC

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FITTS law doesn't say anything about autohide, hell it doesn't really say anything about usability it only applies to speed/the time it takes to aquire a target as it applies to distance/size.
the reason autohide is frowned upon is because 1. a new user just sitting down now has no clue whats going on and 2. if elements can move, like items on a taskbar or icons on an expanding panel (mac taskbar style) the inconsitent positions make them harder to hit in the first place and with autohide you don't even know where-ish they are before it pops up adding to the difficulty.

also it means you have to wait that fraction of a second for it to pop up before you can click instead of just throw and click.

now number 1 is certainly valid for this thing, but 2, well the targets are unchanging and damn near impossible to miss, so the option to autohide (if popup was instantaneous) shouldn't, in any appreciable way, change the interfacing speed. and hell what with the title bar corners not being used anyway (for no reason I can see) only the bottom two corners would overlap actual content, one of which is the trashcan which isn't used all that often

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RE[2]: mini-review/autohide
by re_re on Thu 4th Aug 2005 02:34 in reply to "RE: mini-review/autohide"
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as i said.... it seems they are planning on maxamizing fully....

"and hell what with the title bar corners not being used anyway"

i think they did this so they could put the corner icons on top of it and not overlap the buttons

remember this is alpha quality..... be careful to judge to early.... a lot could change between now and 1.0

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