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[REBOL] Re: [native-UI] What's native?

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 22-Jun-2004 9:10

Hi Carl, CR> But, at least for now, most people are not switching between CR> platforms on a regular basis, and those people expect an app to CR> behave the way they're used to at the widget level. .... CR> Still, if developers are moving to the browser as the interface of CR> choice, the platform you're running on might begin not to matter CR> too much. I'm glad you said "at least for now", because I'm not really worried about "now"; I'm thinking about the future. Compare today's browsers and HTML with where they were when they started. Browsers definitely changed what people considered acceptable app design. In the early 90's, the UI gurus said 80% of people were happy with an app's performance if the next screen was displayed (completely) in 2 seconds or less, and these were rich UIs; after 2 sec's, performance acceptance dropped off pretty fast -- 4-6 second delays are death for desktop apps. Ed said: "Besides the look & feel issue, many /View widgets are not as rich nor as easy to program as those of HTML." And many HTML widgets are not as rich or easy to program as native widgets. :) For me, REBOL isn't about going head-to-head against other apps in the UI feature set, it's about creating better UIs that are compelling and that will be accessible to people who take their stuff with them, running it on whatever machine happens to be available. We may also want to consider what happens in scenarios of server rendered application bits. Let's learn from the morass of browser in compatibility issues that led to so much logic checking which browser you're running in, so you know what to do. -- Gregg