Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 15:57 UTC
Windows There is one thing that really pushes my buttons, one thing that is sure to send me off on a rant on life, the universe, and everything. I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge. With so much screen real estate, why oh why do my friends all still insist on maximising every window they come across when they sit down behind my computer? This - and more - is the subject of the latest post on Microsoft's Engineering 7 weblog.
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Look at how a real OS did it?
by quatermass on Tue 7th Oct 2008 14:51 UTC
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Take a look at how RISC OS got over this problem?

The contents of a window in RISC OS typically flow within the window depending on how the user arranges it. So if the user opens a hard drive folder, and it has 2 files in it, then the window is made to measure. That is tiny. The user can rearrange the files by moving the sides of the window. but it remains small.

Not like in Windows where it has acres of white space. The contents seem to have a mind of their own and the window simply shows you part of the contents.

Therefore in Windows you tend to maximise a window to see as much area as possible as there may very well be a file positioned outside the current viewing area even if there is hardly anything in the area!

Same goes for things like a web browser page. Why doesn't the page contents fit the width of the window in Windows? Rather than the other way around.

Windows and Linux GUI windows are bizarre.:-)

Edited 2008-10-07 14:53 UTC

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