This is the sixth article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV | part V]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms – things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts’ Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part VI, we focus on the dock.
I never used RISC OS, so I have to ask, did that “dock” show:
1. Installed applications
2. Running applications
That is, can I launch an application from somewhere else and it would automatically show up on the Dock? Otherwise it’s just an app launcher, no different to a “desktop” but limited to the bottom of the screen.