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[REBOL] Re: OS-specific Look and Feel

From: doncox:enterprise at: 4-Jan-2003 17:31

Hello M. On 03/01/03, M. Evans wrote:
> Fabrice, > > Thanks. Could you or someone actually run these scripts and post some > screenshots as PNG or JPG on the web? > > What I am after is a website where I can direct people to show off the > capabilities of REBOL in this area (native OS look-and-feel > imitation). Many people got "turned off" by Sun Java's promise of > write once, run anywhere, because the Java look and feel was not > native but "generic." I have a hard time convincing people to use > REBOL unless I can just show them a website with appropriate screen > shots. They want a 10-second "elevator pitch" and will not be willing > to run scripts on their own. I don't have a website to use.
Making a program seem to be native is much more than just adding a set of bitmap images. The behaviour has to match too. IMO making the GUI look supeficially like that of Windows, Mac, etc would make things worse, because the user will then expect the behviour to match as well, and be annoyed when it doesn't. Whereas if the program looks weird, the user will not feel cheated if it acts weird too. People have adapted to the cross-platform web browser environment because it doesn't look like a normal program. Regards -- Don Cox [doncox--enterprise--net]