here's a real bomb of a discussion topic (or subject title at least).
Let me start this off by saying that I myself prefer macs, so this
isn't meant to be inflammatory towards apple users.
I just finished reading About Face 2.0 cover to cover though, and I
found myself thinking in some instances - "gee, I'm using the computer
In particular, as he points out, the mac lacks the application
workspace, and so I probably had a habit of using apps that should be
sovereign in less than full-screen mode, with windows of other apps or
the desktop visible below.
Also, I believe that, in general, I use the mouse and menus more often
than many windows users I know. When you consider that even since
windows 3.1 there were alt-key combinations for manipulating menus,
whereas these commands are still hidden on the mac, this isn't that
surprising. (I'm not talking about command-c to copy, I'm talking
about a key command to open the file menu itself, which I believe you
have to enable in the accessibility preference panel).
I found it interesting that although I'm a veteran user of both OS's, I
wasn't naturally understanding some of these basic assumptions made by
UI designers (that I would want an application I'm working in for an
extended period of time to take up 100% of my screen real estate for
example). I'm wondering if it was because I've been, in essence,
trained incorrectly, and have since tried to change the way I work
somewhat to see what difference it makes.
So I found myself wondering - in addition to whether I'd been
handicapped by starting out on OS 7 or 8 - if some of these
foundational assumptions have to be taught to users as well as UI
designers. I've never seen any source teaching people to maximize an
app they'll be working in for a while. Does anyone know why Apple
still avoids the use of the surrounding workspace for applications -
what's the counter-argument? I guess one could also ask on the other
side why windows doesn't reverse its ok and cancel buttons...
I'd be interested in opinions or related articles...