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Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
- Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:41:38 +0900
- From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
- References: <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org> <3TfhDiwU.email@example.com>
Jonathan Q writes: > But, as S. Turnbull notes in a later post, if you, the application > developer, think your users need more than one button, Apple says > you're wrong. OTOH they do enable multi-button functionality, so maybe > they are simultaneously telling you you're wrong and tacitly admitting > that they are :p I think it's really important not to think in terms of right and wrong here, but good and bad design. The user is never *wrong*, although sometimes he is ineducable. ;-) A designer *can* be wrong, though, if she makes life difficult for everybody. It's *good* HI design to discipline application designers to KISS, because they won't (do you need me to remove all your editors and scripting languages that aren't XEmacs to make the point? ;-) It's also *good* HI design to allow power users to customize their environments. Apple gives both, and chooses the right precedence. Cf. Zawinski on web design. Man, can that guy vituperate! :-) Footnotes:  It is actually feasible to have /usr/bin/xemacs as both the only line in /etc/shells and as the target of /usr/bin/x-window-manager. I won't say the experience will please you, though. ;-)
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