Andrew Shebanow today argues that the idea of UI consistency across platforms and applications is a pipe dream, and that the expectation for same has been broken by the web. Not entirely unexpected than an Adobe person would argue this. “The web is broken”, “The back button problem” and so on.
I dont mind dealing with a bunch of different UIs but i have to say the way people treat the cursor in AJAX apps drives me up the wall. When I right click I just want a copy plain text. It took me about five minutes yesterday to work out that to cut/paste from Zoho you needed to go into preview mode first. That said Microsoft Word does the same kind of thing. Plain text is an optional extra. WTF? If I want to cut and paste formatting then allow me to do that, but if i highlight a few words chances are I just want to copy the text. I love text. It is the primary mechanism for communications. So why do do we relegate it to an option? AJAX people some consistency wouldn’t go amiss. Microsoft- Office 2007 finally begins to separate content from formatting. A little bit ironically, two posts before Andrews’s on the Adobe group blog, Rock Borstein explains how to cut and paste with and without formatting from PDF reader. What is my point? Keep it simple stupid. And you can’t get simpler than text.