Why is Konfabulator 'Pretty?'
chipp at chipp.com
Fri Dec 9 03:34:46 EST 2005
> Just my 2 cents after lots of aggravation trying to get this far with
> skins and porting "graphical" applications from W2K to XP to OSX... It's
> definitely not as simple or smooth as Chipp says
> IMOHO - no offence Chipp...
No offense taken. For those who are HIG sticklers, you are correct. But
remember the reason for the HIG (Human Interface Guidelines _not_
laws!). They were first brought about by Apple and were extremely
important as programmers at that time knew nothing about programming
GUIs. The HIG's where great so that programmers had an idea of where to
start and what was good programming.
Well along came Win95 with a new 'set' of HIG's which weren't exactly
like Apple's. So now users had to understand a bit of a different way,
as did programmers. But no worries as things were *mostly* the same.
Then came the internet and multimedia (including HyperCard) and out the
window went the HIGs. Now buttons could just be underlined text, and new
modal interfaces were created by programs like HyperCard and others.
But, funny thing is, users still figured it out! Amazing those users:-)
Now, many cross platform developers use their own GUI's and don't even
bother with the ever changing states of Apple's or Windows (I forget, is
brushed metal still 'in' or is it the new softer gray interface now?).
For some examples of 'non complying GUI's' which are cross-platform
Some go farther than others, but all are essentially the same experience
on both Macs and PC's. So you can see, even some of the 'big guys'
aren't hung up on full HIG compliance.
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