Re: Recently used applications

On Tue, 2002-10-29 at 04:13, axel c wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-10-28 at 23:52, Dave Bordoley wrote:
> > 
> > The rationale for recent documents is that it moves the interface
> > towards a more document centered approach, hence users can think about
> > the objects they want to manipulate rather than the tools they want to
> > use to manipulate them with. This feature is a real step forward.
> > 
> I fully agree with this. I think the desktop as a whole should be
> 'object-oriented' rather than 'process-oriented' (not speaking about the
> programming here, that is irrelevant to the user). He/she just knows
> that clicking on a document allows him to edit it again.Taking this
> approacb to the extreme, the user shouldn't even need (stress "need") to
> know the name of the app he uses for listening to mp3's, or writing
> letters, or watching camera pictures. So i think the 'recent files'
> thing, is a great interface enhancement. and i think the right place
> would be at the very top of the menu, since 'top-left' is the part of
> the fovea (visual area) that is processed by the brain first, this is an
> automatic perception process (guess why the 'File' menu has always been
> top-left).
> Of course, this document-oriented orientation is annoying to some users,
> so the 'make it an option' axyom remains valid here...
> > Recent applications on the other hand would be an arbitrary category of
> > applications that have no relation to each other than they have been
> > recently used. 

For most users this would actually be an important criteria - ie: the
apps that they have recently used (which would also usually be the most
used apps)

Personally I would see this as more usual than the documents option
(cant recall ever using it in win)

> IMO, having such category just shows inadequacies in the
> > existing menu categories (if there are any, i don't know if theres a
> > problem in gnome, but in windows i suspect this is the reason for the
> > feature). 
> death to the 'Recent applications' menu entry! (see above)
> :)
> cheers,
> axel
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