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On 2013-06-08 12:10, Virgil Arrington wrote:
This has been fascinating reading all of the opinions about user interfaces and the dreaded ribbon. I've not found *anyone* who actually likes the ribbon. I agree with several of you who have observed that the ribbon makes using styles much harder. And, since it's harder to use styles, it only makes it that much harder for me to teach styles to my students and effectively persuade them to use styles.

It makes me wonder if MS did any type of focus group testing before foisting it upon us. And, if they did do such testing, who did they get in the focus groups?

Like many of you, I have used computers for many, many years. (I go back to the PC-Write for DOS days), and I can honestly say that, over the decades, I have found very few UI changes that have actually made a difference in helping me be more productive.

I've been playing recently with WriteMonkey, a markdown text editor, and I must confess, I like the UI with absolutely no toolbars or ribbons; just keystroke combinations and some basic menus. Works for me.


It's like the introduction of the mouse with the keyboard number pad. Taking your hand off the mouse to enter numbers is a waste of time so you have to learn to be left moused to keep productivity up.

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