jmak jozmak at
Tue May 1 01:02:37 UTC 2007

On 4/30/07, Dave Dodge <dododge at> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 01:52:33PM +0000, Vincent wrote:
> > On 29/04/07, jmak <jozmak at> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> >
> > I don't really like the themes you chose, but the vertical panel setup is
> > very ingenous IMHO :D
> I agree that the default layout with panels on both the top and bottom
> of the screen is not so good.  I always get rid of the top panel
> immediately, and sometimes create a side panel with icons for
> launching common applications.
> > I was a bit worries about you saying the iconbox was better than the task
> > list because images provide more visual clues, because an application's
> > entry at the taskbar is way easier to click on,
> A possible problem is when you have lots of windows and many of them
> come from the same application.  For example I have 14 Firefox windows
> (each with many tabs) open right now.
>                                                   -Dave Dodge

When you have that many windows open there is no optimal layout of any
kind, in my view. But when you have a modorate number of windows
open(5 -10) the icon box is the best solution. The icons are big, easy
to recongnize and a glance is usually enough to identify the windows.
The gnome like layout already problematic with 5 windows open. You
have to read through the window tiltes to know which one is which one.
Usability research unequovically confirmed that visual feedback is
more efficient than textual one.


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