"My first 48 hours enduring Ubuntu"
davidbteague at verizon.net
Thu Jun 16 15:28:07 UTC 2005
> As I said, I understand the desire for consistency, and consistency is
> often a good thing - but rigid enforcement of it kind of rubs me the
> wrong way. Maybe some developer has thought up a better interface than
> Apple, or maybe the Apple interface guidelines aren't appropriate for
> their application.
Emerson said that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin
of little minds, but he doesn't tell how to distinguish wise
consistency from foolish consistency.
You wouldn't want a car's clutch and brake interchanged
or have what is usually the accelerator pedal do the
This was discussed in the early days when there League
for Programming Freedom opposed user interface
copyrights which produces gratuitous and annoying
differences in user interfaces.
There is a NEED some consistency. I find the lack of
a "back button" in the Acrobat Reader to be annoying.
I like having a consistent set of buttons and drop down
menus in applications.
I wish designers knew how to draw Emerson's line.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is
being run by smart people who are putting
us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
I no longer wonder. Read the news. It is
the imbeciles who are in control and they
really mean it.
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