Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 17:04 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the tenth article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. Fitting for this rounded number, part X will detail the window.
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Useless?
by RandomGuy on Tue 7th Oct 2008 17:54 UTC
RandomGuy
Member since:
2006-07-30

And please, don't make up all sorts of useless and bogus widgets and cram them inside windows just because they might be useful in some parallel universe scenario (I'm looking at you KDE 3.x).


I can only talk about the apps I use daily (Konqueror, Kate, Kile, Amarok, Kopete, Kontact, KPDF) but I can't imagine what part of their user interface could be useless. So what exactly do you find useless/bogus?

Also: extravagent -> extravagant

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RE: Useless?
by mtzmtulivu on Tue 7th Oct 2008 18:28 in reply to "Useless?"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14

i use KDE and the first thing i do in most KDE apps is turn off a lot of menubars and remove a lot of unnecessary(to me) buttons on toolbars i leave behind.

There is nothing wrong with having options in KDE, its just that KDE seems bloated if all available toolbars and buttons are displayed by default and leave it up the the user to remove what they dont need ..why not have a small set of mostly used toolbars and buttons and leave it to people to add additional functionality as they see fit instead of having on by default everything and leave it to people to remove what they dont need to remove clutter?

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RE[2]: Useless?
by superstoned on Wed 8th Oct 2008 11:48 in reply to "RE: Useless?"
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

Indeed. Though I often change toolbars anyway, even in KDE 4 - but in 4 I generally ADD buttons, not remove them like in KDE 3 ;-)

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