RE: [Setup-tool-hackers] RE: 2.4: System Tools - Please try them

> From: Mark Finlay [mailto:sisob eircom net]  
> > I've seen this in MacOS X and I never saw the point 
> personally. How is it
> > easier to use them if they are icons on one big window than 
> if they are
> > icons in a hierarchical menu? 
> It is much easier to move your eyes from one part of a catagorised
> control panel than to browse a heirarchical menu with the mouse. Also
> the control panel is more forgiving if you choose the wrong capplet.
> Most users are will have an idea after a few days of using gnome which
> apps are where in the applications menu and what each of them 
> does. The
> same is not true of the control center. A person could use gnome for
> months and still not have a very good idea of where 
> everything is in the
> control center. This is why menus make sense IMHO for applications but
> not preferences.

I can only say that this was not my experience. I found the old MacOS 7
(GNOME-like) control menus much easier. I find it much easier to find
something alphabetically after I have remembered its name than to find it
somewhere in a big window of stuff. Maybe it's just that the MacOS X control
panels seem arbitrarily divided and categorised. Anyway, this is just one
data point.

Murray Cumming
murrayc usa net 

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