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Re: [Help-smalltalk] BLOX vs GTK

From: Mike Anderson
Subject: Re: [Help-smalltalk] BLOX vs GTK
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 12:50:36 +0000
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David Given wrote:
> Mike Anderson wrote:
>>[Personally, I run GIMP on Windows, and it looks fine to me. I don't
>>understand how you (and other people) can describe it as dreadful]
> Well, it doesn't use the native widget set, which means it is, by definition,
> wrong. GTK on Windows normally uses a skin that tries to make it look more
> like real Windows widgets, but there's a limit as to how far you can go with
> that approach --- the result is always going to look *nearly*, but not quite,
> like the native widget set. (You're typically in a world of pain if the user
> changes any desktop settings.) What's more, it doesn't let you change the user
> interface to match application standards. Your application is not only going
> to look funny, but it's going to behave funny, too.

Real Windows widgets. What, like in Media Player and Office, you mean?

I'm not saying you don't have a point, but you are exaggerating.
"Dreadful" means it looks really bad, which is not the same as looking
non-standard. "World of pain" may describe your experience trying to
force the non-standard back into the standard, but it doesn't describe
the user's experience using the non-standard experience. "Funny" I'll
accept (but I think you mean it perjoratively).

Standardization is the enemy of distinctiveness and competetive
advantage. You need both.

Right, I'm way off-topic now.


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