Striped Background in OS X Revisited

Björnke von Gierke bvg at mac.com
Wed Jun 27 09:09:26 EDT 2007


On 27 Jun 2007, at 03:31, Kay C Lan wrote:

> On 6/26/07, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:
>>
>> and Apple
>> moves the menu bar to the top of the window,
>
>
> It's all a bad dream, make it go away...It's all a bad dream, make it 
> go
> away... it's all a bad dream...;-)
>
> Richard, this is the 2nd time you've mentioned this in about as many 
> many
> weeks. If anyone from Apple HIG is reading this PLEASE ignore.

Yes i noticed this too. My guess is that Richard believes that placing 
the menubar on top of the screen is loosing him speed. That might be 
true or not, but to me it is irrelevant. In my oppinion, GUI's are not 
mainly about speed, but about usability (seasoned CLI users always have 
been faster then the fastest GUI users in tests). The infinite 
clickable area size of the Mac OS menubar however is of course much 
more usable then a tiny stripe somewhere on the screen which Windows 
endorses.

Playing into this might also the difference in mouse speed acceleration 
used on Windows vs. that used on Mac OS. I always have to readjust my 
aiming for the difference. (I think Windows uses a linear one, whereas 
Mac OS is para- or hyperbolic).

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