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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-25 06:43:38

Alan Gutierrez wrote:
> The Revised Taxonomy
> The Form, The Grid, The Document, & The Canvas.

I think that trying to work out the taxonomy of user interfaces is the
wrong way to go. In general, it is not clear how these break down.

For example, an application will usually have a main interface frame,
such as the web browser. In this case the taxonomy is the Document to
use your terminology. The application may also provide a set of options
that the user can configure, which is The Form.

Also, consider an e-mail manager like Thunderbird. It is a mixed
taxonomy application. It has a left pane consisting of the available
folders (a tree component), a list of the messages in the folder (a
Grid) and the contents of the message (a Document).

Then what about games? Media players like WinAMP? These do not fit into
one of the above Taxonomy items.

The above fit into specialized frame types (the Form), components (the
Grid) and content renderers (the Document and Canvas).


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