Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Nov 2006 13:52 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces The OLPC's interface is simply way too complicated. I just read through the human interface guidelines for the project; and by god, I got lost after only a few paragraphs. How are kids supposed to learn all this? Read on for my thoughts.
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Sorry but...
by @@__@@ on Tue 28th Nov 2006 14:57 UTC
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2005-07-29

I think this UI might be very successful. I think the kids will love it. The key thing here seems to be using icons without text because of the inherent internationalization of the project itself. Seems like a very wise implementation to me.

If everybody thought "if it ain't broken don't fix it" we'de still be using rocks and knifes untill now... Thinking different and being Bold is something we should encourage, not put down.

So, I think Thom and the other girl (forgot the name) are pretty WRONG in their squared assumptions. As almost always...

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RE: Sorry but...
by unoengborg on Tue 28th Nov 2006 18:37 in reply to "Sorry but..."
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

The key thing here seems to be using icons without text because of the inherent internationalization of the project itself. Seems like a very wise implementation to me.

Just because, there is no text doesn't mean you will not have internationalization issues. An image may mean different things to different cultures. Colors may be interpreted differently (e.g. black & white for sorrow).

Even though some icons most likely will be understood everywhere, the job of translate the few ones that are not universal may turn out to be just as much job as translating text.

So, my guess is that their use of icons have more to do with the fact that some of the potential users will not yet have learned to write and read, than to lower the costs for translations.

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RE: Sorry but...
by PowerMacX on Tue 28th Nov 2006 18:38 in reply to "Sorry but..."
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2005-11-06

I think this UI might be very successful. I think the kids will love it. The key thing here seems to be using icons without text because of the inherent internationalization of the project itself. Seems like a very wise implementation to me.

I'm sorry but I strongly disagree - I think the exact opposite will happen, "mystery meat navigation" is simply annoying:
http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/mysterymeatnavigation.html

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RE[2]: Sorry but...
by cyclops on Tue 28th Nov 2006 18:55 in reply to "RE: Sorry but..."
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2006-03-12

"I'm sorry but I strongly disagree - I think the exact opposite will happen, "mystery meat navigation" is simply annoying:
http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/mysterymeatnavigation.html"

I agree 100%, although what is the relevance, to a single web site amongst millions creating a new standard, to a unified interface across multiple applications.

BTW its not a web site, and conventions for web sites have actually evolved quite rapidly, because it has the potential for such a flexible UI.

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