Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Apr 2009 16:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the eleventh 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. After a rather long hiatus, this eleventh instalment will focus on bling, desktop effects, and compositing, and what they can contribute to the desktop experience.
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strange definition of "usability"
by MysterMask on Sat 4th Apr 2009 17:24 UTC
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article in a series on common usability [..]

Linux/X provides its users with the most advanced compositor, simply because you can extend and tailor it to your own needs if you so desire [..]

still far too complicated to be used by non-geeks [..]


I thought this article is about usability. Instead you proclaim that openness makes a compositor more advance even if it's too complicated to be configured? And what has wobbly windows to do with usability?

You've got a really strange definition of "usability".

Believe it or not, most users (even advanced users and geeks) don't like to spend their time configuring or recompiling apps. Instead their glad when developers decided for sensible defaults so they don't have to fiddle with the apps. That's a main point of usability. It's not about - "configure / compile yourself - I was too stupid to think about users needs, so I simple opened up the code and added a complex configuration file so everybody can spend valuable time trying .."

And I don't see why "open" and "configurable" makes a software "more advanced".

Edited 2009-04-04 17:24 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

You didn't read very well, did you? I specifically explained why certain effects make a desktop more usable for some people.

I also specifically explained configurability is a good thing in this context, and that's why Compiz is the best option. However, configuring Compiz should be made easier still.

You need to go back, and read it again. Just copying a few select sentences and pull them out of context is no way to comment on an article.

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sbergman27 Member since:

And what has wobbly windows to do with usability?

Thanks for reminding me of one of the funnier exchanges I have ever seen on OSNews:


Edited 2009-04-04 17:33 UTC

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Vanders Member since:

And what has wobbly windows to do with usability?

Wobbly windows are SO AWESOME you should never question them. Ever!

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n4cer Member since:

And I don't see why "open" and "configurable" makes a software "more advanced".


"more openly extensible" would have been more accurate.

"more advanced", to me, would refer to the technical capability of the window manager.

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