Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 10:36 UTC
KDE "As the dust settles from aKademy 2005, the annual KDE conference, it's a good time to take a look at what the KDE developers are working on. Though KDE 3.5 isn't even out yet, developers are already working on KDE 4. Plenty of work has already gone into porting existing code to Qt4, the GUI toolkit upon which KDE is based, and KDE developers are working on projects that could radically change how [KDE] works."
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RE: Not-so-radical changes
by narcissus on Tue 27th Sep 2005 15:11 UTC in reply to "Not-so-radical changes"
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Is that your complaint? I don't get it. You and Eugenia, "s p a c i n g , s p a c i n g , s p a c i n g ." I like the current spacing. It saves time. I don't have to move the mouse 60 feet to get from "File" to "Edit". If you like Gnome's/ OS X's "spacing", use them (which I'm sure you do) and stop trying to wreck my user interface.

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RE[2]: Not-so-radical changes
by rayiner on Tue 27th Sep 2005 23:58 in reply to "RE: Not-so-radical changes"
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Dude, it's called "mouse acceleration" it was invented like decades ago...

Tight spacing isn't "more efficient". Its the kind of ignorant logic that makes people put giant exhausts on their Honda Civic because they think its reduces their 0-60. Layout is an art, and underlying it is solid scientific rules about human cognition. It's not a completely developed science, like anything based on psychology, but a framework of rules and guidelines have been created that point the way to the "correct answer". KDE generally flouts those rules, because some people think that their intuition trumps what is written in a book. It's pseudoscience at its best.

Look at a well-typeset book sometimes. Notice the ample amounts of blank space. The large margins, the large inter-line spacing, the generously-sized letters, the section headers, etc. All of these things take up space, but are designed not only for asthetics, but for readability. The human brain is best at processing a visual field that is of a particular information density. Get any tighter than that, and you slow down cognition. Get any looser, and you waste space. If books were typeset by your average KDE developer, we'd have inscrutable tomes that had eight-inch margins, 6-pt fonts, no headers, negative line advances, etc, all in the name of 'efficiency'.

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