Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Unexamined software idioms #2: Styling text

Interesting; Jon Udell: Unexamined software idioms #1: Linking in rich text editors

Another example came to me in the shower; styling text. I think this may be an even simpler example of what I think John is talking about.

When writing, and you wish to emphasize a part of your text, with the computer you have a silly backwards approach;
  1. select the text
  2. press the style button (say underline)
I'd like to propose that this is actually backwards, and what people would find more natural is to do the actions in the opposite order;
  1. press the style button
  2. style the text.
To me at least, this seems a lot more natural. Sort of like using a highlighters, or adding an underline to a passage while writing with pen. It may also explain why the 'Format painter' button is such a revelation when found by users of Microsoft Word.

Update:
Lotus Notes "Permanent Pen" and Highlighter might be worth a look.

Update:
  • small change to beginning and links
  • unexamined-software-interaction-idioms or unexamined-hci-idioms might be better tags.
  • typo.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bike


Bike
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Mon 25/06/2007 14:16 250620071904

Friday, June 22, 2007

Rear window


Rear window
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Thu 21/06/2007 19:58 210620071870

Catblog


Catblog
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Thu 21/06/2007 19:57 210620071869

Signs


Signs
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Thu 21/06/2007 14:04 210620071859

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Light


Light
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Thu 31/05/2007 07:20 310520071598

Thursday, May 31, 2007

London


London
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Fri 25/05/2007 13:55 250520071568

London


London
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Fri 25/05/2007 13:55 250520071569

Lifeblog post


Lifeblog post
Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle

Sat 26/05/2007 19:48 260520071578

Monday, January 08, 2007

i

i^0=1
i^1 = i = √-1
i^2 = i*i = (√-1)*(√-1) = -1
i^3 = i*i*i = -1*√-1 =-√-1
i^4 = i*i*i*i = -1*-1 = 1
i^5 = i*i*i*i*i = √-1
...
It keeps going; √-1, -1, -√-1, 1,√-1, -1, -√-1, 1,√-1, -1, -√-1, 1,√-1, ... in circles forever!

We live in a beautiful world!

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