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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In my (currently limited, but hopefully soon to be expanded) experience with OS X I've been frustrated by the fact that one often cannot tab or arrow between buttons in dialogs. That may have been a local problem but it certainly made me reproduceably frown when it occured. After a few hours of desperatly trying that, I noticed that typing the first letter of a button's label would activate it.

    If that is the case, then I'm of two minds about it. On the one mind, it seem as if it is bad UI design because you have to actually read the button even though you probably know which one you want already, given a sufficiently consistent UI. On the other mind, I've always bitched about how painful it is that when a popup appears while you're typing under kde or windows the chances are high that you'll have hit space or return before you notice it came up...

    Lately I've decided to try to have a more flexible mind about that kind of detail. I know it's part of the OS or shell vernacular that makes one happy and productive, but at the same time I've noticed that if you decide to simply live with it using multiple environments becomes a lot less frustrating :) I'm using mostly linux+kde at home with a tiny bit of win2k whenever I need a decent text editor (ie a lot, but that's all I see of it), and winxp at work, all of this with three different keyboard layouts (en-uk, en-us, and fr-fr in that order). At this point I'm almost looking forward to trying not to gripe about my upcoming OS X iBook, its quirks, and its fr-alt-shift-command-ctrl-apple-7_to_get_a_curly_brace keyboard layout ;-)

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    -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]