Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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...you mean "flaw" ? =)~
by Fusion on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:24 UTC
Fusion
Member since:
2005-07-18

"the new theme places [titlebar widgets] on the left. ... The curious thing, namely, is that the close window titlebar widget is not the left-most one - it is the right-most one!"


The politically-correct/non-committal side of me is also "curious" regarding the justification of this otherwise obtusely apparent design flaw. =)~

The CLOSE button should always be closest to the window corner, since that particular coordinate is the quickest/easiest target for a user to hit... not to mention the most common function a user intends to use of those three. Moving [X] further into the titlebar will undoubtedly slow some of us down (not to mention cause brain farts along the way).

I personally hope this behavior changes by the release date. If it sticks, however, I suppose you can always fix it yourself manually via gconf-editor (apps > metacity > general >>> "button_layout" key; change value to "close,maximize,minimize:menu").

But that's a bit frustrating, as I've always considered UBUNTU to typically have the 'sanest' defaults among the major distros---default theme/wallpaper excepted, of course! (Hey, we can't all like *every* default, right?)

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RE: ...you mean "flaw" ? =)~
by alexandru_lz on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:28 in reply to "...you mean "flaw" ? =)~"
alexandru_lz Member since:
2007-02-11

It's exactly the first thing that crossed my mind. The "Close" button is placed in a totally retarded way. I don't think I've touched the Maximize button more than a dozen times since I switched to a widescreen monitor with decent resolution.

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RE: ...you mean "flaw" ? =)~
by muda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:37 in reply to "...you mean "flaw" ? =)~"
muda Member since:
2008-12-23

The CLOSE button should always be closest to the window corner, since that particular coordinate is the quickest/easiest target for a user to hit...


Probably the exact same reason, only they wanted to keep users from closing windows mistakenly. For example, on my mac I rarely use zoom feature and I minimise by double-clicking the title bar. Window close operation good old cmd-w. If I ever use the buttons, I always happen to hover the leftmost one first and need to carefully steer the cursor.

In Ubuntu, I believe, the window zoom feature is perceived in a different way and people use the maximise button much more often that the close button. To illustrate, when I am in Windows environment, I tend to use the maximise button much more often than the close button.

Imagine the workflow: open window in normal state, maximise, do something, minimise, do something else, maximise, do more stuff, minimise, do more something else, restore, do even more, maximise, finish up, save, exit app. Close button used only once if at all!

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KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

Probably the exact same reason, only they wanted to keep users from closing windows mistakenly.

Because of that reason Classic Mac OS and BeOS placed the buttons on the opposite ends of the title bar: Close was far left, maximize/zoom on the far right side.

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tchristney Member since:
2005-09-21

This exactly why I think that the close button should be in a separate corner from the min/max buttons. I have occasionally hit the wrong button. It's frustrating. There is probably some usability study that says I'm in some microculture of wrong-button-hitters. At least move the close button away from the other two. Even a little bit would really help the accidental close window problem.

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