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OSNews: How to Deal with the Spatial Paradigm

Jul 01, 2004, 02:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Paratschek)

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"Gnome 2.6's recent switch from navigational to spatial mode within Nautilus was highly controversial. As probably most of you know, 'navigational' means browsing through folders in the same window, just like it works in Windows 2000/XP or in Konqueror. 'Spatial,' on the other hand, is a very different concept of managing your files. Not only does each folder open in its own window, but the windows also memorize their exact position and size on the desktop.

"This concept is taken from real life: folders that come up the same way each time are much more like 'real objects,' and it's easier for people to deal with those than with a highly theroretical file hierarchy. There's a really good article at arstechnica about this matter. I recommend this article to everyone who is interested in learning about the navigational/spatial issue..."

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