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On 01/31/2013 06:55 PM, Heiko Tietze wrote:
Jay Lozier wrote
My thought is that users who heavily use software may prefer
menus over ribbons while those who do not use the software
much prefer ribbons.
That argumentation is too simple.

Means of self rated expertise from 1=beginner, 2=average user, to 3=expert
(no one wants to be a beginner, but when do you become an expert?) grouped
by ribbon vs. toolbar (semantic differential; first value agree totally with
ribbons last with toolbar, all other between):
Based on these numbers most people are rating themselves as expert users. One problem could be they are comparing themselves to true beginners and not to real experts.

Of course there are some indicators that support your idea, like power user
of writer (toolbars are preferred) vs. user of impress (ribbons have
Interesting. The useful of ribbons and toolbars varies from application to application. This implies the analysis is not simply one is all the other is all good but for certain applications one is better. The indicates there is underlying reason based on the nature of the application and how it is typically used. This suggests that the best UI to the user depends heavily on which modules they primarily use.

IMHO this suggests that UI the combines both somehow may be the best. The question then is what elements from each UI should be included.

I primarily use Writer and Calc so my natural bias would be towards toolbars.

Breakdown Table of Descriptive Statistics (libreoffice)  N=4275
Writer  Calc            Impress
3.926230        3.031762        2.421107
3.883627        3.140731        2.456022
3.842942        3.129225        2.397614
3.885880        3.290135        2.214700
3.888545        3.258514        2.221362
4.075919        3.379597        2.291815

Sorry for simple analysis and sloppy output. But calculation and better
presentation needs some time. And it's late now ;-).

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