Kam – Nice approach to reverse engineering Windows cosmology; Emanuel Kant would be proud.
Your comment on the Windows UI not changing much in the last decade stuck me as interesting. People are becoming conditioned and accustomed to the Windows UI. Other platforms are closely copying it. There is a reason for that.
We know where the gas peddle is in relationship to the break within almost every car, even though we haven’t been in every car. I hope changing these relationships won’t cause accidents.
I believe understanding the human process and how it relates to your platform is the holy grail of the user experience. In fact, I believe it is paramount to the esthetics of the environment. If every platform used a consistent human process driven / menu
driven UI, we could all perform functions on no matter what was under the hood.
I get a kick out of the old and ugly AS/400 interface. However, its ancient menu driven philosophy may benefit today’s platforms.