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3 Feb 2004 - 10:44am
10 years ago
4 replies
Andrei Sedelnikov

Ideal Software-Engineers? Was: RE: Mind the Gap!

>> "Software engineers live in their own world. With few exceptions,
>> they only focus on computers and themselves. A problem is seen
>> as solved as soon as the algorithm is correct and the compiler
> >does not come back with any syntax errors."
> That might be how it's done in undergraduate programming classes.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:56pm
10 years ago
5 replies

visual cues for thumbnails

Dear ID/As,

in his wonderful book "Tog on Software Design" Tog wrote:

"Thumbnails will replace generic-looking document icons, providing users with visual cues as to the nature of the material inside a container. Their appearance will go beyond today's thumbnails to reflect the amount of material they contain." [p. 196]

This is exactly what I like to do for thumbnails representing documents.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:53pm
10 years ago
6 replies

Mind the Gap!

Dear ID/As,

'cause this is my fist mail to this group I like to say "hello" to all interaction designers and architects. In addition to this 5 letters, let me point you to a short paper I wrote for Interact 2003 in Zurich. Title is "Mind the Gap! Software Engineers and Interaction Architects"



User-Centered Software Design

1 Feb 2004 - 5:36am
Ashu Thakur

Study of Mobile Interfaces(list of resources)

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31 Jan 2004 - 6:21am
10 years ago
2 replies

DragThing [was: Mac OS X...]

For those of you using Mac OS X and are a little less than satisfied with
the Dock for whatever reason, you might want to check out the utility known
as "DragThing" by James Thomson.

DragThing essentially gives your Mac multiple configurable docks (each
repesented as a tab).

30 Jan 2004 - 6:16pm
Nick Ragouzis

FW: Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Correction 1:

I should say "heart of the ^^current implementation^^ of the dock-locked trash."

I can see a solution in actually anchoring the trash-targeted end of the dock. That plus always treating the zone of the fully
'natural-sized' trash as it's active zone (even if the visual extent is smaller) might remove the necessity for the extra subgoal.

The same accomodation is available for the desktop trash -- having extent that extends to the edge of the screen even if located a
short distance from it.

I'm sure there'll be a second correction.

30 Jan 2004 - 5:23pm
Elizabeth Buie

Fitts' Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Todd Warfel writes:

>And you should see people try to find a
>document they need when this happens - it's nearly hysterical. Nope,
>not that one. Nope, not that one. It's around here somewhere. But then
>again, their office tends to look the same, but that's another
>conversation all together ;).

Todd, I don't remember your visit to my office!

:-) :-)

Have a good weekend, all.


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30 Jan 2004 - 5:17pm
10 years ago
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Todd Warfel

Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Nick, excellent summary and question.

On Jan 30, 2004, at 4:46 PM, Nick Ragouzis wrote:

> "Where are my applications, my documents, my trash?"

That is the primary question, which relates to a set (series) of goals
(e.g. Make a new document, Open an existing document, Remove an
existing document (application)).

> People want to put *their* things where they want them. It's not
> uncommon in my experience to see users have many more applications
> ready to go then they actually use [...]

Many more applications is very, very common.

30 Jan 2004 - 1:47pm
Elizabeth Buie

: Mac OS X

Andrei Herasimchuk writes, in response to Todd Warfel,

>> But back to Fitz's Law,
>FYI... It is Fitts's Law.

Yah, I told him that already.

I think he was yankin' my chain. :-)


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30 Jan 2004 - 1:34pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Kevin Cheng

Explaining Fitt's Law

Todd R. Warfel wrote:
"But back to Fitz's Law, it still remains "near" the corner, one of the most
easily accessible areas, that is if you're running X.

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