Should closing a window save changes? "Intuitive" vs "Expected"

4 Apr 2007 - 7:53am
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Andrew Maben
2007

On Apr 3, 2007, at 7:45 AM, Darryll DeCoster wrote:

> I recently added a Mac to my mass of computers, and honestly it is
> very
> counter intuitive to not have to click a save or apply button on
> changes.
> That's not say I think it's wrong...

I'd suggest that the term "counter intuitive" might be misapplied
here, where I think what you are actually saying is that this isn't
the behavior you have become used to in this context - an habitual
Mac user might well be equally nonplussed faced with the Windows
solution (in fact I'm still more than a little perplexed by the "OK",
"Cancel", "Apply" triad..)

A truly intuitive interface element (if not an unattainable grail),
is surely one that can be more or less instantly understood by a
computer neophyte?

It may seem a small quibble, but in a world where designers have to
deal with "just make it intuitive" or "it's not intuitive enough"
etc. I've found it useful to distinguish: in the former case what is
usually meant is "just make it behave as I expect" which then needs
to be gently translated into "make it behave as far as possible
according to users' expectations" which can then become an attainable
and measurable goal.

Andrew

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"In a well designed user interface, the user should not need
instructions."

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