Re: [Usability]All animations should be disableable
- From: Gregory Merchan <merchan phys lsu edu>
- To: desktop-devel-list gnome org, usability gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Usability]All animations should be disableable
- Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 14:57:10 -0500
On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 09:43:22PM +0100, MArk Finlay wrote:
> There has been much flaming about the Metacity minimise animation and
> I'm sure that there will be if the launch feedback in 2.2 isn't
> You don't need to explain to me why preferences are bad or why these
> animations are there in the first place. I'm a stong believer in the
> Gnome to philosophies.
> What I cannot work out is what the negitive effects of having a "disable
> minimse animation" gconf key. How would that option possibly impact the
> "web of preferences" negitively. Turing of an animation has no knock on
> effect AFAIK.
> So what are the arguements against adding these particualar options? To
> me the upside are:
> 1. Helps ppl running gnome2 on slow hardware
> 2. Allow's advanced users some control without negitively effecting
> "non-technical users"
OS/2 and, iirc, even pre-10 MacOS had window animations. I ran OS/2 on
a 486DX 33MHz machine with 8Mb of RAM. Slow hardware should not be
However, there is a specification problem. There is no way for a window
manager (or app) to know from where animations begin and to where they go.
Animations should provide an illusion of continuity. When you open a file
from a folder view or run an app from a menu, there should be an animation
connecting the file's icon or the menu item and the window which opens.
When a window is minimized, the animation should connect the window and
whatever represents minimized windows. When a window is closed, it should
go back to from where it came.
The only complaint I recall about animation is that it is too slow.
If so, that is a bug and an option to disable animations would be one
of the "Please unbreak this" options.
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