Ten Things Phoenix is Better at Than Mozilla
Monday January 27th, 2003
#2 Slightly tangental to the article
Monday January 27th, 2003 4:09 PM
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Why is everyone obsessed with having small-as-possible icons (or putting everything all on one line). I can see why it might be appealing running at a low resolution, but on a larger display (anything above 880 by 600 really) the increase in viewport size seems a poor trade off for the smaller icon area and hence longer time to click (you need to be more precise, so it takes longer to position the mouse correctly). I can't help but wonder if this would also be a problem with having everything on a single bar (not least because this requires small icons so it doesn't look stupid).
I admit that I don't use full screen much, but it should offer fast browsing as all the buttons are really at the top of the screen, so you get mac-like 'fling the mouse and click' speeds, especially for 'back' which is by far the most common button.