GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 2:56 UTC (Thu) by mem
Parent article: GNOME and the way forward
Part of the problem is that while GNOME developers bitch about "an inconsistent user experience" they have gone out of their way to provide a consistent user experience that's *inconsistent* with the rest of the only environemnt where GNOME actually runs.
Take middle click pasting. Sure, it's not Microsoft Windows, but it *is* the way the X Window System works. The X way is non-intuitive for long-term Microsoft Windows users, but it's expected behaviour for long-term Unix users. The argument against the X way, at least the one put forward by GNOME developers, is that in the X way selecting with the mouse destroys the information in the current selection. A short trip to the X Window documentation reveleas the difference between "selection" and "cut buffer". When you select something with the mouse you destroy the information in cut buffer 0, but the other buffers remain intact.
Sure, there's stuff that can be fixed in the system and there *is* stuff that's broken (cut and paste of complex data just doesn't work -- e.g. selecting something in the Gimp and pasting it in Inkscape -- mostly because the programs can't agree on an interchange format, and IIRC Jim Gettys came with a proposal for fixing that). The point is that that isn't a reason to go ahead and plain ignore it.
Try for example Epiphany. It's a TOTAL MESS. Sometimes you have to go to the location bar, select and hit copy, sometimes selecting is enough. Selecting in another program and pasting to Epiphany is even *worse*. Why this? Because GTK+/Gnome just can't play nice with the rest of the environment.
GNOME's "consistent user experience" actually means "to comply with the expectations of the users of a different environment."
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