Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2012 22:53 UTC, submitted by fran
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu As much as I dislike Unity, I commend the Ubuntu team and Shuttleworth for having the guts to try to innovate and bring the desktop forward (pretty much the exact same can be said of KDE4 and GNOME3). Shuttleworth has just announced yet another significant change for Ubuntu, and it's all about replacing the menu with a search interface dubbed the HUD.
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RE: Why aren't buttons good enough?
by tonny on Wed 25th Jan 2012 03:03 UTC in reply to "Why aren't buttons good enough?"
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There's advantage if there's a menu system. We know what (the features, options, plugins, add-ons, etc.) exists/available in that application, i.e., In linux -> gedit, I know there's find, replace, select all, in 'edit' option. Without the menu, I just can guess what's edit options that available..

What made me happy about this is: Voice is the natural next step. Imagine we just speak, "edit, cut", or just plain, "cut", and it will be done.

Edited 2012-01-25 03:05 UTC

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satsujinka Member since:

find, replace, select all are all implementable on a toolbar. Geany does for example (well not select all but that's ctrl-a.) If you're worried about discoverability, a help menu is all that's needed (that includes all the shortcuts.) Most shortcuts are universal, so a user can quickly learn shortcuts.

Voice is a horrible interface for computers. How do I know what voice commands are available? Also, a keyboard shortcut is much faster than saying a two syllable word (which will be most of the commands.) Consider the case of an image editor, how would you specify cropping? Making a selection, copying, and pasting it?

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cyrilleberger Member since:

With voice commands, just imagine someone screaming "format hard drive" in an open space ;P

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tonny Member since:

Well, we have keyboard, mouse, screen, and mouth ;) . In not-too-distant-future, I imagine that we can use our mouse to select and then we can use voice command 'crop', while then our hand pressing shortcut to flip the image. I thinks that will be more easier than just using keyboard + mouse, right?

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