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Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Posted Jan 29, 2013 12:18 UTC (Tue) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
In reply to: Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark by nix
Parent article: Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

In the USA a typical light switch has on and off printed on it (and done in raised beveling so that a blind person could figure out the distinction if necessary). Most everyday light switches follow this pattern and I think it's probably where the GNOME3 style checkbox switch concept gets its skeuomorphic inspiration.


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Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Posted Jan 29, 2013 12:54 UTC (Tue) by cortana (subscriber, #24596) [Link]

I think it is more likely that the inspiration was the iPhone user interface.

Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Posted Jan 29, 2013 14:46 UTC (Tue) by micka (subscriber, #38720) [Link]

On the other side, I have not yet seen a light switch with anything printed on it (wall switch or switches on the power chord).

My parent would not know the meaning of "on" or "off", anyway.

Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Posted Jan 29, 2013 16:25 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

That's a scary-looking light switch, both too easy to catch something on and tear, and quite hard to flip when you have no hands free (I routinely turn lights on and off by just leaning on them with my chin).

Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark

Posted Jan 29, 2013 19:05 UTC (Tue) by foom (subscriber, #14868) [Link]

Not really. Complaining about the usability of something that's been in wide use for decades from a sketch of it is pretty funny.


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