Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Federkiel writes: "People working with Apple computers are used to a very consistent user experience. For a large part this stems from the fact that the Lisa type of GUI does not have the fight between MDI and SDI. The question simply never arises, because the Lisa type of GUI does not offer the choice to create either of both; it's something different all along. I usually think of it as 'MDI on steroids unified with a window manager'. It virtually includes all benefits of a SDI and and the benefits of an MDI." Read on for how I feel about this age-old discussion.
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RE: The Fifth Point, Ion/RP, etc
by cerbie on Mon 25th Jun 2007 03:34 UTC in reply to "The Fifth Point, Ion/RP, etc"
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Some of us also move our hands when we talk, and move our mouse as we read. One more type of person to go on the list of people that can't get the hang of mouse gestures.

Personally, I think context menus are a great way t use the fifth point, because they allow you to do stuff to what's at that point, which is easy to put into a mental model. I right-click on a nut, I want to see wrench in the list.

IMO, getting farther from the desktop metaphor (like OS X does, XFCE 4, KDE 3, and Gnome 2 allow, E basically forces, and KDE 4 is doing) is more important than worrying about Fitts, except in so far as figuring out exact placement (like the stupidity of leaving a useless 2px border at the bottom edge of the Windows taskbar until Windows XP, or similar borders in KDE, XFCE, and Gnome themes, and other borders that get in the way of otherwise big targets).

Edited 2007-06-25 03:36

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