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From: Joel de Guzman (joel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-09-30 09:44:38

David Abrahams wrote:
> Joel de Guzman <joel_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>Suman Cherukuri wrote:
>>>No offence taken. Whether we like it or not, it's the reality that the
>>>majority of the UI users are comfortable with the existing "standards". One
>>>can be bold and come up with a whole new design, but as a commercial
>>>developer, I'd be really hesitant to change the face of my software just
>>>because it's new (and may be better).
>>This is total nonsense. Even MS switched the L&F when it switched
>>from Win3.x to Win95/98 to WinXP. No one complains. Are you saying
>>that *only* MS has the right to change L&F? Or to be more general,
>>is it the sole right of OS vendors to dictate the L&F?
> That may be true as a practical matter. I believe Suman was talking
> about what users will accept, rather than what anyone has "a right" to
> do.

Understood. I apologize for my tone. Still, I simply do not buy
this "comfortable with the existing standards" thing. OS vendors,
including MS, change the L&F all the time. People adjust quickly
unless the L&F is too alien.


Joel de Guzman

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