On Sun, 2008-12-28 at 12:53 +0100, Kevin Kofler wrote: > Callum Lerwick wrote: > > 1) I used Macs before I ever used Linux. The System 7 era, in > > particular. My high school was entirely Mac based. What is foreign to > > you is quite familiar to me. > > Yet Apple abandoned spatial in favor of column navigation (i.e. what you get > if you fire up Dolphin and select "Columns" in the toolbar). ... Yeah, because Steve Jobs is so well known for his detailed and reasoned usability studies. Apple didn't abandon spatial, they abandoned an entire operating system. Are you so sure it has nothing to do with NIH syndrome after Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple? Are you so sure that NeXT differed from Apple because of some kind of scientific usability study, rather than an effort to differentiate NeXT from Apple? Not sure what you're even trying to argue. The fact remains, classic Mac OS was the second GUI I ever used for an extended time, before I ever used Windows or Linux, and before OS X ever existed. Not everyone grew up on Windows 98/XP/OSX/whatever. (The first was the Atari ST, but I'd hardly use GEM as a good example of user interface design... Hardwired four window limit, bleh...) The main argument here seems to be that "browser" mode is what people are used to. That does not mean it is the best. That just means it's what people happened to learn first.
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