Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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Think it's bad at 1920?
by deathshadow on Wed 6th Jun 2012 15:01 UTC
deathshadow
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2005-07-12

Try multiple displays -- all the cool things they added for desktop in Win7 are gone, and on multiple displays Metro falls apart; I particularly find the 'taskbar on every display' **** annoying, the 'blank all displays just because you went to the menu' **** even more annoying... let's just come right out and say it:

Windows 8 is basically Microsoft giving desktop users the finger! Now matter how technically sound it is, from a usability and interface standpoint it makes Windows 3.1 look good.

Though as someone pointed out not too long ago, what does one expect from a menu page that appears to be ripped off from AOL Games from 16 years ago.

http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/AOL-1996-vs.-Micr...

NOT that I find the 'throw them in there in a random and constantly changing order, in a bunch of different sizes and eye-jarring inconsistent colors' particularly easy to use either... Just leaves me screaming at the display "For **** sake just show me an alphabetical list".

As to a site like OSNews -- it already sucks at 1920, windows 8 has jack **** to do with that. As I've said a billion times the past DECADE, Fixed width layout with fixed (px) metric fonts is a complete accessibility /FAIL/ -- %/EM, semi-fluid with static minimum and elastic maximum is what SHOULD be used, instead of the half-assed idiotic fixed width that I have to zoom 50% just to read the flow text -- that makes TEXTAREA and INPUT's useless since those ARE declared in %/EM.

In case you couldn't guess, I'm a large fonts/120dpi user. Don't even want to think about how useless this site will be when I get my 27" catleap next month.

Though it's not that useless for me, I have this user.css applied in Opera:
http://www.deathshadow.com/siteFixes/osnews.css

Which shoves dynamic fonts and semi-fluid layout down it's throat, so large font/120 dpi users like myself get a proper auto-expanding layout that isn't idiotically useless when you HAVE to zoom OR on smaller displays where the fixed width is too large.

Though again, with 129 validation errors on the main page it's not even HTML, it's gibberish -- gibberish like inline-level tags wrapping block level ones, nothing even remotely resembling semantic markup, nonexistant heading orders with DIV+SPAN doing H2's job... and a whole host of other "HTML what's that?" construction techniques.

Though I've been saying that for what, six years now? Eight? From a coding perspective it was embarrassingly bad THEN. As I said at the last re-skin the old site was actually more accessible and better written than this one... though both reek of "Semantics, what's that?"

Could be worse though, could be that idiotically stupid bloated HTML 5 garbage that's basically saying "Go ahead, sleaze it out any old way like it's still 1998" -- since that's who 5 is for, the people who until recently were slapping a tranny doctype on their HTML 3.2... now they can just slap 5 lip-service on it and still crap out pages 90's style.

Since it's sure as shine-ola not targeted at people who embraced STRICT, semantic markup, separation of presentation from content, or the dozen other genuine improvements in methodology of the past decade!

Edited 2012-06-06 15:12 UTC

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RE: Think it's bad at 1920?
by nt_jerkface on Fri 8th Jun 2012 00:47 in reply to "Think it's bad at 1920?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Oh look Deathshadow doesn't like it either.

I bet Bill Gates hates it as well.

But I'm sure Nelson will tell us why the opinions of all these Windows users don't matter. Thurrott's first thumbs-down of a Microsoft product doesn't matter. Gabe Newell screaming about Windows 8 doesn't matter. It all doesn't matter, somewhere there is a magical island of Windows developers / power users who think it it is super awesome.

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