July 4, 2007

Geek design

The spreadsheet in the Open Office suite has a number of annoying features - the most ridiculous being the following dialogue which pops up every time you try to delete the contents of a cell with the delete key*.

This is wrong on so many levels. There shouldn't be a dialogue in the first place - the delete key is a simple option intended to just white out what you're pointing at. It's not a conversation starter. On top of that the unwanted dialogue is horrible with just too many options to make it convenient to grasp in one look.

*The idea is that backspace is the simple delete and delete offers something else - but this is non standard and therefore unintuitive and painful.

Posted by Claus at July 4, 2007 12:41 PM
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