ViXEn: The Visual XUL Environment

Thursday September 7th, 2000

From the website: "Vixen is designed to be a Visual XUL IDE similar to Visual Basic, Delphi, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Glade, but for the XPToolkit technology developed by the Mozilla project. The initial goal of Vixen is to allow developers to quickly develop professional quality dialogs and windows without having to write any (or at least much) XUL or CSS by hand. The long term goal is to create a comprehensive development environment for rapid development of XUL applications."

#7 no user requirements

by strauss

Friday September 8th, 2000 3:01 PM

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I read the requirements page and saw nothing that would indicate that an actual user experfience design process is being applied. there's not a word about who the users are, what tasks they want to perform, what environment they will be working in, what their workflow for their tasks is or will be, what the end result they want out of their tasks will be, and so on.

Needless to say, at least for anyone with a ue design background, all these questions are critical for good design decisions to be made. The idea that you'd be placing widgets and windows before having a well-developed idea of users, tasks and environments is beyond retro, and this approach can only result in software that is useless or highly problematic under real-world conditions.