Ten Things Phoenix is Better at Than Mozilla
Monday January 27th, 2003
#19 Re: Nope.
Tuesday January 28th, 2003 6:22 AM
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I agree that there are special use cases where minimal chrome is good. But in general large icons== fast time to icons and so faster browsing. That will be true regardless of how much mouse-practice you have (although maybe the gap decreases). Having special mouse buttons / guestures / radial context / etc. is an alternative solution to the problem. My original point still stands - lots of people seem to want very small icons just to gain ~ 1 line extra of text in the window. I don't know about anyone else, but I can't read a whole screenful of text in one glance and tend to scroll before I reach the extremities of the text area anyway. So I don't buy the 'having everything small/ close together means (significantly) less scrolling' argument.
OTOH I agree that the online status indicator is useful when using a connection that actually has online/offline modes (e.g. dialup) and trying to work offline (composing email, reading a long text, etc.). I also don't see how it detracts in except by perhaps causing visual clutter. But really it's insignificant unless you are one of the obsessivley-tidying-up-my-screen crowd who probably also do a lot of the illogical things I've already mentioned.