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OSNews: Cooperation by Standards in a Diverse World

Dec 04, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Andreiana)

"They say that 'diversity is the key of survival and evolution in any domain. In software world though, variations are so big that they have started to prevent cooperation between software users and developers.' Diversity is the key of survival and evolution in any domain. Because of variation, individuals from same species will react differently in the same environment, some surviving and becoming stronger, others disappearing. In software world though, variations are so big that they have started to prevent cooperation between software users and developers.

"Although diversity in functionality is welcomed, assuring innovation and evolution, applications should still have an uniform way of interacting with the user to offer rapid understanding from new comers. Unlike home user, which prefers a rich visual design, skins and new ways to interact with the applications, business users require a simple interface, clean, easy to use and similar to the other applications which are already known by employees. They don't have time to admire new designs and figure out how to use them, and want instead to fulfill their tasks as efficient as possible..."

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