[Novalug] Interfaces (was Re: What to put on a G4 Laptop?)
geoffm at companionway.net
Fri Feb 27 14:38:22 EST 2009
I will contend that the "intuitive" property of an interface is only one
important aspect - the other is "productivity".
My wife could do accounting input without ever taking her hand off of the
keyboard in a text based environment. When the gui interface came along
with the mouse and "window frame heaven" - where everything would "work
the same" and therefore be intuitive - it hammered her productivity. No
longer could she get work done with the efficiency she could before - the
gui environment required constant attention to the screen and hands
switching from the keyboard to the mouse and back to the keyboard. In the
text world it was almost a requirement to have shortcuts for every menu
item - now you have to hunt for them or create your own.
I apologize for sliding off topic and inviting perhaps another religious
flame war but I have always felt strongly about the need to pay attention
to productivity of an interface.
> On Fri, 27 Feb 2009, rarob at comcast.net wrote:
> > <snip>
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > In terms of computer use, "intuitive", is in my opinion based mostly on
> > past experience. There is nothing in our lives that really mimics using
> > computer.
> > <snip>
> > I wonder if there have been any studies about that. I agree with you
> About 10 years ago Nathaniel Borenstein was a HCI prof at U-Mich
> and tried to determine/develop an intuitive user interface.
> After a semester or so of work, the conclusion was that whatever
> you learned first was intuitive, and everything else was wrong, or
> at least strange.
> I don't believe this work was ever published.
> I think we might be approaching something obvious with the
> wand and 2-finger things coming from the wii and related work.
> One problem is that the most efficient tools are divorced from
> their real-world analogs.
> A keyboard is very non-intuitive for a way to write. Graffiti is more
> intuitive, and a lot slower than typing. Chording keyboards look
> interesting, but I understand they are even harder than a QWERTY keyboard
> to learn to use.
> A trackball/mouse/pencil eraser/whatever is not like pointing
> your finger, or just moving your eyes to gain focus on something, but
> these are the best tools for pointers we've developed to date.
> In a WIMP mode - the idea of a display on a set of goggles,
> with a finger gadget to move the windows to the center, instead of
> moving your head to look at the various windows might be closer
> to the real-world thing we're emulating.
> Or maybe not.
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