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 vimh on Wed 27th Jun 2007 00:02 UTC in reply to "The Fifth Point, Ion/RP, etc"
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Personally I find having all elements of the application (file menu ect.) within the context of that applications window.

I dislike on a Mac having to first bring focus to the appropriate application on the desktop and then having to move to the file menu at the top of the screen to do something with it.

When the file menu is part of that main window, I can bring focus to the application and access the file menu with one action instead of two. Seems to be more efficient to me.

As others have pointed out, there is a matter of training. I'm a long time Windows user. I don't use a Mac as a main machine but it wouldn't surprise me that if I did, the change in interface wouldn't bother me for long. The reason being is that those functions more typically accessible within elements of the document interface or within contextual menus and keyboard shortcuts.

Now as far as "aiming" goes, I suppose mouse gestures could be an attempt bypassing that limitation, but it doesn't have much to do with one design philosophy from another as the forward back keys buttons are within the main application window regardless.

I don't know about any studies, but what might be useful to users who have difficulties with gestures as well as aiming is actual forward back keys. For example Opera. You have the choice between buttons, mouse gestures and the z and x keys to go forward and back between pages.

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