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Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set? 177

Posted by timothy
from the which-finger-does-what? dept.
dstates writes "As a mostly happy new iPad owner, I love having lots of apps, but I have got to ask, where is the universal set of gestures for navigation? Pinch and open mostly mean zoom out and in, but sometimes you tap to open, sometimes double tap. Sometimes right swipe is back, sometimes there is a back button, sometimes you just have to go to home and navigate back down. Reminds me of the early days of GUIs when every application had its own menu set with different top-level menus and different placement of various functions. Made life chaos for users. We have been there, done that, and gestures are much worse. At least with a menu, you had a printed tag you could read. Gestures are all magic handshakes until you know them. Seems like the tablet community should not have to learn the value of consistency all over again." What gestures would you like to see made standard in touch-based interfaces?
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Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set?

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  • FUD much? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by neoevans (179332) <neoevansNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Sunday April 17, 2011 @12:42PM (#35848488) Homepage

    Since when did Slashdot start posting FUD from companies looking to tarnish a competitor's product?

    This is exactly the kind of planted review I expect to see in an App Store comment section. 50% from the developers, 50% from the competition.

    Listen, I have 3 kids who all love to use the iPad and not one of them can't figure out how to navigate in and between apps. They are ages 10, 6 and 1.5 respectively. I'd call that intuitive.

  • Re:Mouseover? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mcelrath (8027) on Sunday April 17, 2011 @12:52PM (#35848570) Homepage
    I have hover on my tablet pc... if the stylus is within about 1cm of the screen, it moves the mouse cursor. I still contend that the stylus on an active digitizer is a far superior user interface than your fat greasy fingers. Hey tablet manufacturers, WAKE UP and give us active digitizers, styli, in combination with a capacitive touch screen, and high-resolution screens > 150 dpi, so we can replace PAPER!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 17, 2011 @01:09PM (#35848678)

    Wait, this seems to be a common bug in all women, has someone filed a bug report?

  • Re:my interest (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 17, 2011 @01:10PM (#35848686)

    We could standardize.. but thank god we don't or it ends up being unsuccessful. While it is perfectly good for certain safety and civil related stuff, we generally have almost enough effective standardization processes there anyway.

    Standardizing most of the other areas that you talk about (consumer electronics interfaces for instance), you might as well just join your local militant socialist movement of lame ass slacktivist revolutionaries and jerk off to ISO standardized german scat porn.

    If we standardize on all this stuff, are you going to have a streamlined process for small orgs and individuals to "break" compatibility to introduce improvements into the market? No? Then kiss goodbye any kind of innovation, while you are outpaced by your less idiotic societies and your smart ones leave to less retarded shores. Yes? Well you can't have your cake and eat it too (though Europeans are determined to find a way). You allow people the freedom, they will use it, and things get messy. There is a cost of allowing easy innovation, and it is pretty close to what we have now.

    I'm biased towards the latter, but I'm just an ugly American, after all. Now if only the US can figure out that both lack of standards and lack of innovation is a bad thing...

    As to your problem. Why the fuck do you care? Why does it matter that there are few universal standards in web dev. Just make your damn website or your program or whatever. Make it with MS SQL and ASP.net if you want [harvard.edu] and if that's what works. Leave the navel-gazing wankers here, and get to work.

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