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

4 Apr 2007 - 7:53am
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Andrew Maben

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 at

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

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