Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:07 UTC
Editorial Late last week we ran a story on how the Google Chrome team had decided to use Gtk+ as the graphical toolkit for the Linux version of the Chrome web browser. It was a story that caused some serious debate on a variety of aspects, but in this short editorial, I want to focus on one aspect that came forward: the longing for consistency. Several people in the thread stated they were happy with Google's choice for purely selfish reasons: they use only Gtk+ applications on their GNOME desktops. Several people chimed in to say that Qt integrates nicely in a Gtk+ environment. While that may be true from a graphical point of view, that really isn't my problem with mixing toolkits. The issue goes a lot deeper than that.
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RE: All guis the same
by arpan on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:59 UTC in reply to "All guis the same"
arpan
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2006-07-30

The goal isn't to concentrate on your art, it is to concentrate on the user's work.

If the application follows standard interface guidelines of the specific platform, many things can be done by reflex, without getting distracted by the app's idiosyncracies. Example, since every app implements cut/copy/paste in the same way, (browser, text editor, photo manipulation, drawing app, IDE etc.), I can copy/paste text or images without having to search for the menu item/button and just use standard shortcuts.

I can change settings in the same way, I shouldn't have to go searching for it. Saving a document, creating a new document, works more-or-less the same in most apps.

Just a few examples of a few standard conventions that make life easy for the user.

Edited 2009-02-16 16:14 UTC

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RE[2]: All guis the same
by sorpigal on Tue 17th Feb 2009 12:49 in reply to "RE: All guis the same"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

The goal isn't to concentrate on your art, it is to concentrate on the user's work.


It's not about art, it's about science. If you never evolve UI by experimenting with new conventions then you stagnate. Maybe the status quo is good enough for you, for everything, forever but I certainly don't think so. Interface /guidelines/, where they serve to prevent needless specialized interfaces, are good things but where adherence to a standard becomes all important you lose all chance for innovation.

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