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[2]: All guis the same
by sorpigal on Tue 17th Feb 2009 12:44 UTC in reply to "RE: All guis the same"
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

I don't want creativity in an application interface and I don't think anyone else does either!


And you'd be wrong. I want it. What now?

The novelty of a creative interface generally wears of rather quickly.


If by 'creative interface' you mean 'glaringly ugly custom skinned crap' then I agree. What you and other UI consistency wonks seem to forget is that all that is not consistent is not bad.

I /want/ the developer to offer the best UI for his application, I do /not/ want the developer to shoehorn his app into an existing convention just because it's consistent. Consistency is not the be-all and end-all of interface design! Sometimes it makes /sense/ to not follow the guidelines, so you /should/.

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