Should closing a window save changes? "Intuitive" vs "Expected"
4 Apr 2007 - 7:53am
On Apr 3, 2007, at 7:45 AM, Darryll DeCoster wrote:
> I recently added a Mac to my mass of computers, and honestly it is > very > counter intuitive to not have to click a save or apply button on > changes. > That's not say I think it's wrong...
I'd suggest that the term "counter intuitive" might be misapplied
here, where I think what you are actually saying is that this isn't
the behavior you have become used to in this context - an habitual
Mac user might well be equally nonplussed faced with the Windows
solution (in fact I'm still more than a little perplexed by the "OK",
"Cancel", "Apply" triad..)
A truly intuitive interface element (if not an unattainable grail),
is surely one that can be more or less instantly understood by a
It may seem a small quibble, but in a world where designers have to
deal with "just make it intuitive" or "it's not intuitive enough"
etc. I've found it useful to distinguish: in the former case what is
usually meant is "just make it behave as I expect" which then needs
to be gently translated into "make it behave as far as possible
according to users' expectations" which can then become an attainable
and measurable goal.