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The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers

The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers

Posted Mar 26, 2004 2:17 UTC (Fri) by komarek (guest, #7295)
In reply to: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers by wagner17
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers

I love the grumpy editor series, because I have all the same complaints. I think it is telling that the accomplished editor of LWN, who is author and kernel hacker and consultant, can't find his way through the current "usability enhancements" of the Gnome project to get work done. That he can't find a replacement for a program we've all been using since 1995 (I remember the pre-3.10a days of xv, as far as that goes).

He's grumpy because he has a set of tools that work, but are getting old and are unmaintained. And nobody is replacing them. There's no need to reinvent the Crescent wrench, though a number of infomercials try. But for some unknown reason people feel a need to reinvent the concept of calander software. Just think how nice it would be if image viewers (not editors, just viewers) evolved their interfaces in a consistent, harmonious way. So that you wouldn't have to guess backspace for one, left arrow for another, and p for another.

Imagine that image viewers worked like emacs editing keystrokes: I can use ctrl-a in most programs to go to the beginning of the line. Well, that used to be true, right up until all the KDE and Gnome folks got stupid on us and decided that ctrl-c, which even DOS knows should send a break signal, now means cut (or copy, whatever). I've got news for the KDE and Gnome devs trying to mimic windows -- the majority of their audience are using unix-like systems. And when using unix, I expect things to be unix-y. If they want to continue attracting smart unix people to their projects, they'll have to quit doing things that piss-off unix people.

Obviously, I am grumpy. And that's probably why I feel such affinity for the grumpy editor series.

-Paul Komarek

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