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'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.
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.
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