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Re: Re: Mathematica behavior using highlighting and keyboard

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  • Subject: [mg98568] Re: [mg98555] Re: Mathematica behavior using highlighting and keyboard
  • From: George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at mac.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 03:32:26 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <grpii6$lqe$1@smc.vnet.net> <200904120749.DAA27305@smc.vnet.net>

Apple still does, except that the printed book is now an even longer  
PDF.

One thing I miss going from Cocoa (Mac OS X) development to  
Mathematica is the degree of flexibility I have in Cocoa. The  
Interface builder provides guides to ensure proper placement, etc.,  
which are missed in Mathematica.

I know that Mathematica has to be cross-platform, and there are  
different UI paradigms in Linux and Windows, but from my perspective,  
Wolfram should have adopted something like the Apple Guidelines as a  
best in class solution.

george


On Apr 12, 2009, at 3:49 AM, AES wrote:

> Just for historical interest, I'm looking right now at an attractive
> 144-page softbound copy of Apple Computer's thoughtful 1987 manual on
> "Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop Interface" (published  
> and
> sold through Addison-Wesley) that I just took down from my bookshelf.
> It includes about a dozen pages (and 30 index entries) on the topic of
> "Selection," that include much of what you discuss above.  Nice to  
> know
> that software companies once thought carefully about these issues --  
> not
> to mention publishing them and living by them.



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