upsets Users for a reason
Posted Mar 25, 2010 5:50 UTC (Thu) by drag
In reply to: upsets Users for a reason
Parent article: Ubuntu and window controls
The only thing that sucks is that the 'close window button' is much too close to the edit menu.
People _very_ frequently use that window for all sorts of stuff. Mostly copy-n-pasting. For some people it's one of the more frequently used menus in any application.
Closing out the window is very destructive. Especially since Linux copy-n-paste is broken for non-freedesktop-compliant applications (like firefox and most other browsers). If you copy something and close out a window you lose what your copying.
Putting a destructive item like that just spaced a pixel or 3 away from one of the most frequently utilized UI elements in a application is just not good design.
Going to copy-n-paste and missing the edit menu by mere millimeter of hand movement can mean losing hours of works. Even just minutes of work is extremely bothersome. "Oh, look, I moved my hand by the distance of a hair and now instead of pasting this hour-long message I typed up, I lost everything! Yay!"
You don't need to be a expert in anything to understand that. It's like placing a jar of white powdered rat poison next to the sugar in your cupboard.
As far as Apple goes, it works out just fine because the menu items are not in the window, but at the top of the screen. So there is no conflict like there is for Windows or for Linux.
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