Re: Recently used applications

On Tue, 2002-10-29 at 11:44, Dave Bordoley wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-10-28 at 20:50, John McCutchan wrote:

i think perhaps the importance of the 'recent apps' menu entry is being
over-estimated -- after all, user can put launchers for most used apps
in the panel and access them with A SINGLE CLICK. and it's bloody easy
to do so with the 'add this launcher to panel' right-click option (at
least in this rh8 gnome2 i am using, i guess it's standard)...

can it get easier than that?



> Maybe I should elaborate on my reasoning for not wanting this feature.
> First some comments on menu structure. With the current layout of the
> gnome menu, we only have two levels of hierarchy, the main applications
> drop down menu and one level of sub-menus. For example to browse the web
> the user only has to click on Applications, search for the internet
> category and than select web browser. Contrast the same action with
> windows in which the user needs to select start => programs => mozilla
> => mozilla web browser (there are examples of even deeper hierarchy in
> windows). 
> Deep hierarchies in the windows menu layout are most likely the reason
> that microsoft added the recent apps feature (using their menus is very
> hard, they knew this and tried to make it incrementally better).
> Contrast that to the lack of hierarchy in the gnome menu layout (plus
> our really good categorization and tool based names, ie web browser, not
> mozilla). How is accessing an app(say a web browser) in Applications =>
> Recent => web browser(an arbitrary category who's contents are not well
> defined and may change) any faster than applications => internet => web
> browser (this menu is static and always contains the same items in the
> same order).  
> Basically my view is that gnome does not suffer from the usability flaws
> that make the recent apps feature necessary (we have a very shallow menu
> hierarchy, and for bonus points we have good categorization and app
> naming).
> dave
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