My apologies if I mess this up. Its rather difficult for me to use email
to access discussion forums.
I'm a bit of an object purist, so I'm interested in learning all about
UI from this point of view.
I used to like working with the OS/2 workplace shell, and also with stuff
such as OpenDoc and SOM (system object model).
I also used to like working with Word Perfect 5 back in the old DOS days
(for those that don't know it. It was a word processor that when fired
up, presented the user with a plain blue screen with no menus or any other
visible clutter. You just started typing what you wanted).
I also have a strong dislike for menus and toolbars on applications. For
example. I'm using Outlook to type this email. The top 1/3 of the screen
is covered in menus, toolbars and entry fields. Apart from the To and
Subject fields. I don't think I have ever used any of the other stuff.
Its the same with web pages. There is all this clutter all over the place.
My mouse has a back and forward button, I right click and use the context
menus anyhow. And my keyboard has a favourites button at the top for when I
have to go to a site I already know about.
So I'm kind of wondering, are most UIs as object oriented as they claim
they are. And, if they are object oriented. Why does all that clutter
on the screen need to exist.
Looks like my original posting in HTML format didn't come through. This is
my first post, so I'll try plain text.
RE: OOUIs - Object-Oriented User Interfaces
As they say, "Well...that's a deep subject." I wrote a book on OOUIs quite
a while ago, titled, "The Gui-Ooui War: Windows Vs. OS/2: The Designer's
Guide to Human-Computer Interfaces" (VNR, 1995). The book is now out of
print, but Amazon.com has a used one for sale. It covers OOUIs in great
depth. My later book, "The Elements of User Inteface Design" (Wiley, 1997)
also covers OOUIs in depth.
So, for purposes of this discussion list, what are you interested in?