Comment 4B Re: I actually like global menus ...


Ubuntu desktop moving application menus back into application windows


I actually like global menus ... (Score: 3, Insightful)

by on 2014-02-21 20:03 (#45)

... but I like choice even more. I really wish interface designers (or their bosses) would get this through their heads: when people are used to doing something a certain way, don't force them to do it a different way, unless it's absolutely necessary for the application to function. If you come up with a new way that you think is better, great, make it an option or even set it as the default--but always offer your users a choice of switching back to the behavior they're used to, preferably without jumping through a lot of hoops, or you will accomplish nothing good.

Re: I actually like global menus ... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-02-21 23:54 (#4B)

Options options options. Give users a choice if possible. The heart of enlightenment.

Speaking of changes, I am looking at the latest Calc. It has the standard dropdown menus at the top starting from the left, File Edit Insert Format Tools Data Window Help, and on the right a large ribbonesque properties box taking up 1/7 of the screen showing icons for text alignment orientation cell border etc. I am not offended by this. It has been sitting there for the last few hours. I haven't used any of the options in this spreadsheet. It isn't offensive. It has an x in the top right corner for closing it.

I find the MS Office ribbon highly offensive. I don't find this offensive. I can't quite put my finger on why.

Your comment has inspired a theory: In OpenOffice Calc I can close this large panel of icons down easily. In MS Office I can't. Perhaps this simple ability to be able to remove the parts of the interface makes it more appealing.

Or maybe that it is taking up horizontal room for which I have lots and not crowding the screen vertically.


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2014-03-02 04:20 Interesting +1

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