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Re: Horizontal menus.

From: Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf
Subject: Re: Horizontal menus.
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 02:36:20 +0100

Am Freitag den, 29. November 2002, um 17:04, schrieb Alexander Malmberg:

Jefferson Harlough wrote:

I'm thinking more of horizontal menus as found it
many existing environments and applications, local to a specific application window rather than the horizontal Mac OS-style menubar across the top of the
entire screen.

A mac-style menu is certainly possible. A windows-style menu probably
isn't. Applications often don't have windows at all, and when they do,
how would you know to which window(s) the menu should be attached?
(Detaching a menu window when there are no windows, and somewhat
intelligent guessing about what windows to attach to might make it
usable, but not pretty.)

A mac style menu has a better usability because it sits on the top edge of the screen. So you can move the mouse up very quickly without missing the menu (UI Experts would say it has an infinite depth) where a window menu requires good pointing skills. And it clutters the screen less (you can use only one menu at a time anyway, there is no need to see the menus of applications which are currently in the background)

perfectly IMHO would be a solution that combines the NeXT and the Mac way: where one can tear off the menu and its submenus from the top of the screen (having them in windows then like on NeXT and GNUstep) and "dock" the preferred one to the top of the screen.

      Jefferson Harlough

- Alexander Malmberg

greetings, Lars

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