Comment 43 Re: I like global menus myself ...


Ubuntu desktop moving application menus back into application windows


I like global menus myself ... (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-21 15:48 (#40)

... but I really wish interface designers would realize that taking choice away is a bad thing . If your users have become accustomed to doing something one way and you want to encourage them to do it another way, fine. Change the default settings or whatever. But you should almost always leave them the option of using the methods they're accustomed to. The one exception I can think of to this is when leaving the old interface in place will truly, fundamentally break the application--and really, how often does that actually happen?

Re: I like global menus myself ... (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-21 17:01 (#43)

It seems like they are giving you the choice in this case. There's a new option in the Appearance Settings , which defaults to the current behaviour -- I expect that they'll want to change the default in some future release.
I think it's almost axiomatic that any significant UI changes will cause outrage in the short term (e.g. Windows 8, Slashdot Beta, any time Facebook changes anything, Xbox 360 dashboard, Netflix...). People hate change. As a developer, you can probably expect at least two weeks of negative feedback for any significant UI alteration -- but if you're not starting to see mixed to positive to responses once the initial shock dies down, then you may have to admit that you actually made things worse...

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