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Re: bad UI defaults

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: bad UI defaults
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 15:44:42 -0400
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On Tue, Sep 02, 2003 at 12:14:24PM +0100, Dave Love wrote:
> > These days I use GTK, so I don't really care so much about lwlib, but I
> > do think the `modern' 1-pixel borders are better looking, and never had
> > any problems with using them (when I still did).
> I'm surprised to hear you use that as an argument.  Rather than
> `better looking', let's have `more usable'.

Well I did state that I also had no problems with usability, and if there's
no reduction in usability, then yes, aesthetics are important.

> People often think a red/green colour scheme is `better looking'
> somehow, though it's useless for ~10% of the user population.

One could use the same argument to say we should default to a 24-point font
because many people have impaired vision.

Anyway, I don't know if Gerd's experience is unusual or not.  Part of the
problem of course is that lwlib uses a not-very-good method for highlighting
things -- it merely reverses the `3dness,' rather than doing shading /
drawing icons / whatever -- I don't know if that would be simple to fix or

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