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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
> martin
> 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]

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