forward thinking about the UI

Chris Rees utisoft at
Tue Nov 24 13:35:25 GMT 2009

2009/11/24 Derek Broughton <derek at>:
> Harold Sawyer wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:10 PM, Michael Haney <thezorch at> wrote:
>>> If you are talking about
>>> the window decorations and buttons (maximize, restore, minimize and
>>> close) they were a part of the original Macintosh operating system a
>>> long time ago, and were later copied by Microsoft for their early
>>> Windows releases (1.0 - 3.11).
>> You are so right.  I used to live in the SF Bay Area and had friends
>> who worked for Apple at the time.  They were all excited about being
>> tapped for improving the usability of the Apple.  Normal, everyday,
>> workers at Apple.
> But _those_ were copied from Xerox (iirc, Apple lost a lawsuit over it), and
> I think Xerox's work went into CDE, but now I'm really stretching the little
> gray cells so I could be wrong :-)
> --
> derek

Apple lost the 'look and feel' lawsuit against MS, not Xerox, Xerox's
lawsuit was dismissed.


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