Highlights of a Revolution: How to make better selections in KDE
Aug 04, 2010, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Valuable design principles like symmetry, consistency,
and simplicity are all part of the idea I am about to share with
you. I will be talking about highlighting and selection graphics on
the SUSE/KDE desktop. Why? Because this is a subject that not many
have talked about and when it comes to designing this aspect of the
GUI, many just follow what the precedent has done. I am not here,
however, to tear down anyone's effort to make these graphics, but
rather, give a personal explanation and solution based on the three
design principles aforementioned.
"I believe that as SUSE embraces a different idea about
highlighting and selecting, they can leave a palpable trace in the
world of GUIs. Yet another aspect that can make SUSE "highlight"
itself as a very unique Linux distribution and a viable solution
for anyone's computing needs. The KDE desktop does not seem to have
a clear idea of what they want to do with selections, they rather
take ideas from everywhere and put them on the desktop. There is
lack of consistency and direction. It is time for a revolution.
"But first things first. An analysis of the current design ideas
on different desktops. Here are some examples from Windows, Mac and
SUSE on the way they currently handle highlights and