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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RE: ...you mean "flaw" ? =)~
by muda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:37 UTC 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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jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

True. There's a reason the classic Mac OS and Windows 3.1 had the close button on the left and the min/max buttons on the right.

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