Re: Evince as universal "Viewer"

On 4/19/05, Bryan Clark <bclark redhat com> wrote:
> If "Just reading" is a user interaction that people think Evince does
> well with docs and those office applications want to support, they
> should look into doing something like that.  A similar presentation mode
> maybe?

This is the heart of the matter.  "Just reading" is important because
it allows a user in "reading mode" to use a UI in reading mode.  The
current situation, where viewing is something you can do by ignoring
two-thirds of the UI of your edit-focused app, is suboptimal.

Now, the question of whether evince should learn how to read .docs or
OpenOffice should get a reading-oriented UI is a technical one. 
Either way, the problem you mentioned, the user having to figure out
how to switch, remains.

That problem is real, but I think you can make too much of it.  By
swerving away from the user having to understand modes, you force apps
to concentrate two sets of concerns into one UI.


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