Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Jan 2013 23:42 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Ever since I bought my HTC HD7 way back in October 2010, I have been hooked on Windows Phone. Without even being able to test-drive the new operating system (The Netherlands didn't get Windows Phone 7 until a year later), I imported the HD7 from the US - the minimalist, stark, clean, flat, and textual interface spoke to me, and I just knew I would like it. And like it, I did.
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Non-WIMP intefaces
by Neolander on Mon 21st Jan 2013 06:45 UTC
Neolander
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Regarding non-WIMP interfaces, I'd argue that it's very well possible. One well-known example would be most CLI interfaces, which use no icons, and are generally not based on pointing, although pointing is possible as the interfaces to the links web browser and some Debian tools showcase. Another, more prospective example, would be some possible implementations of zooming user interfaces (see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zooming_user_interface ).

But it's very understandable that no one spent a lot of time exploring these directions for computer UIs if you ask me. Everyone is familiar with the WIMP paradigm, and it has been versatile enough to power the interface to every electronic device out there long before computers were even capable of displaying graphics. So why bother with an alien paradigm that is likely to cause trouble to untrained users ?

Edited 2013-01-21 07:06 UTC

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