Re: [linux-audio-user] Opening up the discussion

From: Lee Revell <>
Date: Mon Jul 25 2005 - 21:34:41 EEST

On Mon, 2005-07-25 at 10:46 +0200, Mario Lang wrote:
> That is the point, I absolutely dont feel reading up on something
> is necessarily a bad thing. My hair stand up if I watch
> a typical no-clue windows user more or less randomly hitting
> buttons in the interface until "something" works. I do feel this
> "it has to work out of the box without me having to know anything
> about it" attitude is childish.

I disagree violently with this line of reasoning. Software should
ALWAYS work the way the user expects it to unless there is a DAMN GOOD
REASON, for example if you are offering a much more powerful interface
than the user is used to.

For example, most apps (Firefox and IE) use "Ctrl-F" to 'Find in page'.
Except Evolution, which forces you to use "Ctrl-S" to 'Find (Search) in
page', because they have already bound Ctrl-F to 'Forward message'.

This is a MAJOR usability bug; "We didn't feel like doing it the normal
way" is NEVER a "good reason" for usability purposes.

Received on Tue Jul 26 00:15:11 2005

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