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OSNews: What Sucks About DEs, Pt. III: Kubuntu's KDE

Jun 20, 2006, 00:15 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thom Holwerda)

"KDE's biggest problem is one that is very, very, very difficult to explain. In one sentence, I'd say KDE lacks coherence. 'Coherence' is a term not often used in graphical user interface design, so let me explain what I mean by coherence; it is thinly associated with consistency, but at the same time is completely different.

"Consistency is something we all understand. Consistency can be achieved at different levels; the layout level (all confirmation dialogs feature the same layout), behavioural level ('Apple+q' means quit entire application all throughout the MacOS), and the visual level (an 'OK' button looks the same in all applications). So, consistency is a fairly simple term, and I can assume we all understand what it means..."

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