From: Alan Gutierrez (alan-boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-26 01:24:55
* Martin Slater <mslater_at_[hidden]> [2004-12-26 00:38]:
> my 2c
> michael toksvig wrote:
> >"Alan Gutierrez" <alan-boost_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> >> * I don't think it matters much, to the user, if the button they
> >> click is a Motif button or an Aqua button, so long as their form
> >> is processed.
I officially regret saying this. It was not the point.
> >this is simply not true for the mac. if you don't use native controls on a
> >mac you might as well not support the mac at all
> >mac users have come to expect a very consistent ui experience (spoiled
> >rotten as they are). if it does not look right, they won't look twice at
> >your product
> Seconded, I dislike immensely UI's that do not have a native look. In
> the end they just look unprofessional to me. The're fine for hacking
> quick tools together but if the product is intented to be released to
> the wider public they must look and feel like the native OS apps.
As noted elsewhere, providing native look and feel in a UI
manager is not the challenge on Macintosh, where the controls
are designed to particpate in any aspect of UI.
I want look and feel. Aqua look and feel for Mac. Skinnable look
and feel for media gizmos. Pen oriented look and feel for handhelds.
I'm only trying to raise a red flag and say that a simple
wrapper around the UI widgets is not enough. That look and feel
is a pretty big issue, especially with the Win32 GDI, native
controls do not participate in overlayed layout managment.
-- Alan Gutierrez - alan_at_[hidden]