[linux-elitists] Re: GNOME > you
Sat Jan 3 10:19:16 PST 2004
According to Jeff Waugh:
> We really honestly believed that software that was more flexible and
> had more options was therefore more usable and "more free".
An easy mistake to make. I've spent some time recently with a user-
experience expert (sometimes called a "GUI designer" due to the
difficulty of explaining what a user-experience expert does), and I
start to understand how little I've understood about user interfaces
in general. And yes, she recommended "Inmates"; its observation that
techie-created UIs tend to provide knobs for all underlying features
seems relevant to Gnome 1.
> What kind of things does your brain say "oh, ow, mum, I really need
> an OPTION here"?
Well, I did say I was "researching but undecided" (or words to that
> nine times out of ten I ask the above question and the person says,
> "well, I don't use GNOME, I use fvwm or WindowMaker".
Busted: fvwm. I last used Gnome regularly in 1.x days, and I'm really
not the kind of person to enjoy a UI where certain keystrokes are
simply not available for my chosen use. I want F12 to bring up a
menu, dammit, no matter what application is currently running. F12-t
spawns a new aterm, always. Gnome 1 didn't let me do that, nor does
KDE, as far as I can tell. I'd ask about Gnome 2 but for DYOFH.
> Not really a good platform for serious debate about the merits of
> our approach to usability.
It's a fair cop, but society's to blame. Abstract complaints bug you
because you've heard too much of them? I sympathize. We get a lot of
whining in Perl land as well.
Chip Salzenberg - a.k.a. - <email@example.com>
"I wanted to play hopscotch with the impenetrable mystery of existence,
but he stepped in a wormhole and had to go in early." // MST3K
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