Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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Flaws of Fitt's law
by RandomGuy on Thu 17th May 2007 23:23 UTC
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First of all, I'm not saying that this law is wrong - I'm just saying that it's not as complete as some believe it to be.

For example, it's not supposed to describe the time you need to figure out where exactly you want to click, as some people already mentioned.
This time is probably shorter if the menubar is closer to the app you're using unless you have used the top menubar a whole lot.

In addition, it's just plain wrong (at least for me) if height and width of the target differ significantly. When I'm moving the mouse fast I'm incapable of moving it very precisely in one direction. This means that moving the cursor up fast shifts it to the left or right by about one inch - smaller than menu items like File, Edit, View, just listing the first few from Firefox' menubar.

Last but not least, I think GUI-design should be optimized for intuitiveness and not speed. Speed is what keyboard shortcuts buy you if you really need it.

All in all it's probably overrated anyway, because the time you spend entering commands is probably not long, compared to the time you think about what to do first.

Anyway, options that a lot of people demand should be added. Go for it!

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