An attempt at solving KControl's usability problems..

Andy Fawcett andy at
Sun Jan 25 19:55:54 GMT 2004

On Sunday 25 January 2004 21:43, Scott Wheeler wrote:
> Just a note indicating that I'm going seek out and flog anyone that
> decides to reorganize KControl again in the 3.x series.  Figure out
> what you want to do; plan on that for KDE 4.  But if we end up with
> the yet another KControl reorganization in the 3.x series (it would
> be the 3rd), well, it's time for violence.  ;-)
> Remember that an important part of "usability" is not confusing the
> hell out of all of your users every time they update.

Over in FreeBSD land, we have "POLA", which is honoured as much as it 
possibly can be.

POLA is the "Principle of Least Astonishment", and directly maps onto 
your last paragraph above.

If you keep changing things, you don't make them easier to use, if 
anything you make them worse to use because people have got used to the 
existing ways.

So yeah, I agree, don't change the organisation of kcontrol before 4.0.

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