Advogato: Window managers with workspaces vs. Windows MDIJun 09, 2001, 19:30 (18 Talkback[s])
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Interface design for open source applications can be a bit of a trick, with developers having to make the call between several, occasionally- conflicting factors: best practice, common practice, and ease. This article takes a look at the conflict between the "Unix way" (and the traditional X approach) vs. the "Windows way," something we see in applications like Opera.
"Several applications that are ported from X to Windows get the same kind of comments from Windows users: "It would be nice if the application could put all its windows into a single big window, like most other Win32 applications do." The reply is usually: "You need a better window manager." But is this the right reply? Maybe something could be done when porting the applications...
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