Re: greyed out preferences

From: r coyne (
Date: Sun Jan 04 2004 - 18:22:08 EST

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    Alan Horkan wrote:

    >if the developers had time to look at it
    >they would either fix it or hide it from the user
    >interface completely until it worked.

    >The reason it was put there in the first place was to
    >encourage/force/remind the original developers to fix
    >it sooner rather than later but

    Whatever the original motivation, there is also a
    good, user-oriented reason for such placeholders in
    the GUI: They keep the user's experience more
    constant from version to version. Mousework easily
    becomes habitual and semi-reflex. If I am accustomed
    to grab something as, say, the third item on the menu,
    suddenly finding it in the fourth slot, with something
    completely different where my finger wants to click,
    can be disconcerting and perhaps hazardous.

    Incidentally, I am not the person who started this
    thread; I just put in a suggestion as it occurred to
    me reading the earlier posts.

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