Anchor for this item  posted Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 10:01 am MST

Refering to sources such as Cornell University's Ergonomic Guidelines for User Interface Design, in OS Themes Are Only Skin Deep, Kelly McNeill of Platypus Creations and osOpinion.com ("Tech Opinion | Commentary For the People, By the People") wades into that whole skins thang; "Unfortunately, the latest trend in "user-friendliness" is allowing users to modify the interface of an operating system extensively by applying "skins" or "themes." McNeill wraps with a great line: "Superior interface is defined not as that which gets one's attention, but instead as that which keeps attention focused on the computing task at hand."
Maybe browsing for fun is about entertainment, pleasant distraction ... and maybe that's got precious little to do with facilitating focussed productivity ... maybe.


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