Re: Button ordering
- From: Kenny Graunke <kenny whitecape org>
- To: gnome-hackers gnome org, usability gnome org
- Subject: Re: Button ordering
- Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 13:56:05 -0800
<quote who="Owen Taylor">
> I've just applied Gregory Merchan's patch in:
> To make the GTK+ standard dialogs button ordering conform to the gnome
> usability project's dialog proposal.
> This is Mac style with the "action" button at the lower right
> hand corner, as opposed to what we've done in the past - Windows style
> with the default button at the left.
I wasn't aware that this was the Mac style when I supported this proposal. I
knew it was similar, but I thought it was subtly different. Maybe not. At
any rate, I support it because I feel it is better, not because it came from
> [ Help ] [ Cancel ] [ OK ]
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> While I'm willing to be told that this is the better ordering (the
> fact that Windows and Mac disagree probably mean that there is no
> "right" ordering), I have two reservations about the change:
> * Familiarity is important; I'm feeling quite disoriented by
> the change and other of our users will probably be disoriented
> too, both existing GNOME users and users coming from Windows.
I was a bit disoriented at first, too - now I've gotten used to it.
> * With this change we'll have inconsistency in all apps until
> they are fixed.
As Seth pointed out, we already have a huge amount of inconsistency. This
is probably the most important part of writing it up - just deciding on
*something*, and standardizing that.
I would like to remind people that not everyone comes from a Windows
background, and not everything they do is the best. The same goes for the
Macintosh. I prefer to examine other systems (beyond Windows and the Mac,
even) and look at their strengths and weaknesses to come up with proposals -
blindly copying Windows' seems just as braindead as blindly copying the
Macintosh, to me.
> Anyways, since I'm sure this change is going to cause controversy I
> thought I might as well start the flame war myself to save time ;-)
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