"My first 48 hours enduring Ubuntu"

David Teague davidbteague at verizon.net
Thu Jun 16 15:28:07 UTC 2005

Zonker wrote: 

> 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.

Hi Zonker
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.

Warm Regards
David Teague

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is 
being run by smart people who are putting
us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
                                           --Mark Twain
I no longer wonder. Read the news. It is 
the imbeciles who are in control and they 
really mean it.
                                                -- DBT

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